Susan Kenney

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Susan McIlvaine Kenney (born April 28, 1941) is an American short story writer and novelist.


She was born in Summit, New Jersey,[1] and spent her childhood in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York. She graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. Phi Beta Kappa, and from Cornell University, with a Ph.D. She taught at Colby College.[2]

She married professor Edwin Kenney, who died on December 8, 1992; they had two children, James and Anne.[3]


  • Woodrow Wilson Fellowship
  • New York State Regents Graduate Fellowship
  • 1982 O. Henry Award for "Facing Front"
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing, 1983–1984
  • New Voice Literary Award, In Another Country, 1985
  • ALN Notable Books of the Year, for In Another Country
  • 1989 New York Times Notable Paperback of the Year, for Sailing






  1. ^ Susan Kenney (1941 – ) Waterboro Public Library Maine Writers Index, July 30, 2007. Accessed February 18, 2011.
  2. ^ "Susan McIlvaine Kenney". Archived from the original on September 22, 2006. 
  3. ^ "Edwin Kenney Jr., 50, Professor and Writer". The New York Times. December 10, 1992.