About Susan


Award-winning journalist Susan Orlins began chronicling her worries in 2009 on her blog, Confessions of a Worrywart. She also contributes to Huffington Post. Orlins has published in The New York Times, Newsday, The Pennsylvania Gazette, and The Washington Post Magazine. For several years, she was a contributing editor at Moment Magazine, where she received a Rockower Award for her profile of sociolinguist Deborah Tannen. After adopting an infant in China in 1986, Orlins wrote a letter home that appears in Women’s Letters: from the Revolutionary War to the Present. Chicken Soup for the Soul published her essay “Marathon Women” in Like Mother, Like Daughter, Our 101 Best Stories.

In 2013, Susan met Gerald Anderson, a homeless, drug-addicted ex-con. Now she is his co-author. Check out this riveting memoir: Still Standing: How an Ex-Con Found Salvation in the Floodwaters of Katrina.

Still Standing Author Video shows how Susan and Gerald met every week for 18 months to produce the book.

For more, visit www.katrinastillstanding.com

In addition to her roles of worrywart, writer, and mother, she identifies most strongly as a bicycle rider. But don’t mistake her for a sleek, zippy cyclist hunched over racing-style handlebars. She is none of that. Rather, you will find her in the streets of Washington, D.C., New York City, and Beijing, plodding along high and upright, arms spread wide, more Mary Poppins than Lance Armstrong.

Orlins has performed storytelling at The Moth and SpeakeasyDC and performs standup comedy at clubs in Washington and New York. She facilitates writing and storytelling workshops for homeless writers in Washington, including at Street Sense, where she met Gerald Anderson, her co-author of Still Standing: How an Ex-Con Found Salvation in the Floodwaters of Katrina. Orlins is the mother of three grown daughters and lives with her beagle in Washington, D.C.

View Susan’s storytelling performance in SpeakeasyDC’s Valentine’s Day Special


  • March 2015

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