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Susanna Holstein

Sandyville, West Virginia, United States


I am a storyteller. I tell stories in poems, in written stories, and in the oral tradition--both telling and singing. My very large family (12 siblings, 5 sons, 12 grandchildren, numerous other relations) provides the basis of some of my work. My home in West Virginia informs my Appalachian stories and poems.

I began writing in 2003 when I joined a writers group. Prior to that I'd dabbled a little but did not consider myself a writer. I established a writing group for children at the library I managed in 2000, and working with them led me to finding a group for my own development.

My writing has won awards at the WV Writers Conference in 2004 and 2006. Two stories were published in the anthology Zinnia Tales by Mountain Girl Press, and I've had numerous articles published in storytelling journals, newsletters, and by some online sites. Recently my blog ( was quoted in a newspaper article in New Delhi, India.

I hold a BS in Education, and Masters degree in library science. I work full-time as a librarian, and perform as storyteller Granny Sue as often as I can.

Interests: short story, Appalachian writing, poetry, ghost stories, memoirs, history, family stories, storytelling, ballads

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No


Published works:


  • Zinna Tales
  • Granny's Ghost Stories
  • Nonfiction

  • Storytelling with Children
  • Storytelling in the Parks
  • Poetry

  • Homeplace: Stories from the Mountains and Beyond
  • Natural Views
  • 2006 Anthology of Contest Winners
  • Laurels
  • Other

  • Mountain Story, Mountain Song
  • Granny Sue's News and Reviews