Susan Shapiro

Susan Shapiro, an award-winning writer and professor, freelances for the NY Times, Washington Post, WSJ, LA Times, NY Magazine, Salon, Elle, Oprah, Wired & New Yorker online. She's the bestselling author/coauthor of 18 books her family hates like Five Men Who Broke My Heart, Lighting Up, Unhooked, The Bosnia List and her recent memoir The Forgiveness Tour. She lives with her scriptwriter husband in Manhattan and uses her writing/publishing guides The Book Bible and Byline Bible to teach her wildly popular "instant gratification takes too long" courses at The New School, NYU, Columbia University and in private classes & seminars - now online. Follow her on Twitter at @susanshapironet, Instagram at @Profsue123 or email


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Library Journal starred review of World In Between
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Winner of 2023 ASJA book Award

Winner of 2019 ASJA Book Award
Winner of 2018 Best Book Award for Writing & Publishing

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Food for the Soul
Selections from the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen Writers Workshop
Edited by Elizabeth Maxwell and Susan Shapiro

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Featured on The Today Show 11/27/04

Excerpted in New York Times - City Section 11/14/04
Listed in New York Post's "Required Reading" 11/7/04

This collection...from 25 talented participants in a soup kitchen workshop lives up to its title.... funny, gritty, brutally honest - writing that attests to a raw spirituality... informed by life on the streets...Sometimes sweet...sometimes bitter... a nutritious "slice of life" from a workshop truly in the soul-food business.
Publishers Weekly

Poignant stories about life on the street
Time Out New York

The essays and verse provide a window into the diverse lives and personalities of unique individuals...Some are heartwarming, others heartbreaking....If there is this much talent among soup kitchen guests in writing alone, how much more untapped ability there must be just waiting to be brought forth in countless other fields as well.
New York Beacon
These essays, poems, stories from 25 participants in a soup kitchen writing project will make you cry and laugh. Raw and honest, each one is a response to a prompt such as "Where I'm From" or "My Best Mistake." This little volume bursts with nourishment as the holiday season approaches.
Elizabeth Taylor
Chicago Tribune
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