Susan Bell

Susan Bell has been a writing fellow at XQ Institute, part of Emerson Collective, since 2017. She is the author of The Artful Edit: On the Practice of Editing Yourself (W.W. Norton & Co.); co-author and editor of Property Rights (Steidl) and co-author of Dare to Hope: Saving American Democracy (Miramax). Bell wrote the script for American Power, a performance combining storytelling, live cello music, photographs, and video that premiered at Walker Art Center. A former editor at Random House and Conjunctions magazine, Bell taught for seventeen years in New York at The New School’s MFA program in Creative Writing, where she created a course on self-editing. Bell also works as a collaborative writer specializing in the arts, education, human rights, and environmentalism. She has a master’s degree in French literature from Columbia University and studied at École international de théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Bell is currently working on a project about the practice and poetics of listening.