Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Suzanne Strempek Shea

Creative Nonfiction, Fiction
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Office Location

Stonecoast MFA Office: 98 Bedford Street, Portland, ME 04103


Stonecoast MFA Office: 207-780-4423

Academic Degrees

  • B.A.


Suzanne Strempek Shea (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction) is the author of five novels: Selling the Lite of Heaven, Hoopi Shoopi Donna, Lily of the Valley, Around Again, and Becoming Finola,published by Washington Square Press.  She has also written three memoirs: Songs From a Lead-lined Room: Notes - High and Low - From My Journey Through Breast Cancer and Radiation, andShelf Life: Romance, Mystery, Drama and Other Page-Turning Adventures From a Year in a Bookstore, published by Beacon Press; and Sundays in America, for which she spent a year attending services at Protestant churches nationwide.  Winner of the 2000 New England Book Award, which recognizes a literary body of works’ contribution to the region, Suzanne began writing while working as reporter for the Springfield (Massachusetts) Newspapers and theProvidence Journal (Rhode Island). Her freelance work has appeared in Yankee magazine, The Bark Magazine, The Boston Globe MagazineThe Philadelphia InquirerOrganic Style, andESPN the Magazine.

Recent Publications

Selected Publications:

Around Again (Pocket Books, 2001)

Becoming Finola (Atria Press, N.Y., 2004)

Songs From a Lead-Lined Room (Beacon Press, Boston, MA, 2002)

Shelf Life (Beacon Press, 2004)

Foreign translations of Suzanne's work:

Around Again (Goldmann, Munich, 2003)

Lily of the Valley (Ziska, Poland, 2004)