Susan Hartman was educated at Kirkland College, and received an M.F.A. in writing from Columbia University. She has written cover stories and profiles from places as different as Northern Ireland and Queens, Las Vegas and Brooklyn for The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and Newsday, often following her subjects for months. For the past three years, she has been working on a multi-media documentary project about a group of young women she first profiled for The New York Times when they were talented jumpers on her troubled Brooklyn block. She re-visited them in her Times cover story, "Jump Rope Girls, 20 Years On." She is the author of two books of poetry, Dumb Show and El Abogado, and a chapbook, Satyr. Her poems have appeared in Carolina Quarterly, Hanging Loose, The Black Warrior Review, The Florida Review, and Sun Dog, among other literary magazines. She teaches journalism and nonfiction at New York University, and is also on the faculty of the International Center of Photography (ICP) in Manhattan. She lives outside New York City with her husband and daughter. Her son, Asa Jones, is an artist.