Susan Conley, author of The Foremost Good Fortune, lived in Beijing for more than two years, returning to Portland, Maine with her husband and two sons in December 2009. She is co-founder and executive director of the Telling Room, a writers’ workshop and literary hub for the region. She was an associate editor at Ploughshares and has led creative writing seminars at Emerson College in Boston. Her work has been published in The New York Times Magazine as well as The Paris Review, Harvard Review, Ploughshares, and other literary magazines. She is currently working on a novel and settling back into life in the States.