Susan Kent was born in Jacksonville, FL, but at age 6 after her parents’ divorce, was moved by her mother to a tiny town in Deep South Georgia and consequently stripped of her big-city-life birthrights. She never quite got over it.
During her Fitzgerald, GA adolescence, Susan used mail order catalogs and an Utne Reader subscription as a way to connect to the outside world, and writing as a way to muddle through life in a place where she just didn’t fit in. She also used many of her relatives’ names as a way to get loads of free cassettes from Columbia House. For that, she’s mostly sorry.
After an extended gap year after high school, she began her crawl out of the south. First stop: Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC), just 30 miles down the road in Tifton.
There she met aspiring professional bull riders, watched cowboys practice cattle roping in the parking lot, lived in a dorm decorated with deer heads, earned an A in country line dancing … and finally fulfilled her dream of once again living in a town with a mall.
Many twists and turns, and a couple of decades later, Susan is now a freelance writer and storyteller living in Brooklyn, NY. She spends her days writing articles and web copy for a variety of clients from animal mystics to professional chefs, and her evenings airing her dirty laundry at shows such as The Moth, Yum’s the Word, RISK!, Mara Wilson’s What Are You Afraid Of, and her own show, Tell It: Brooklyn.
You can also hear Susan on a variety of podcasts including The Moth, Risk! and Snap Judgment.