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Susan Mary Power was born in Chicago in 1961 in was raised in Chicago Illinois. Power's mother, Susan Kelly Power (Gathering of Storm Clouds Woman), founded the American Indian Center in Chicago and was very dedicated to her tribe, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of Fort Yates, North Dakota. While Power's mother, the descendant of the Sioux Chief Mato Nupa (Two Bears), would recite her stories about their native lineage, Her father, Carleton Gilmore Power, the grandson of the governor of New Hampshire during the Civil War, would read her stories at night. Both of these traditions form the basis of her writing.

Power received an in Psychology from Harvard/Radcliffe, a J. D. from Harvard Law School and a M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has also been granted a James Michener Fellowship (1992-1993) and a Bunting Institute Fellowship at Radcliffe College (1993-1994). Her short fiction has been published in The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The Voice Literary Supplement, Ploughshares, Story and the Best American Short Stories 1993. She began writing The Grass Dancer while attending the Iowa Writer's Workshop in 1992 and finished it in only two and a half years. Power won the 1995 PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction for The Grass Dancer.

Power is currently a freelance writer supported by an Alfred Hodder Fellowship in Humanities at Princeton University. She also pursues her interests in acting, singing and performing.


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