Susan Erlandson Washburn is a writer, residential designer, and western affiliate of Philadelphia's Millett Design. She lives in Taos, N.M. with a dauntingly intelligent horse, an obese miniature donkey, and a geriatric Weimaraner.
Susan graduated from Swarthmore College too long ago to remember and went on to pursue a variety of totally unrelated careers. After receiving a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley, she worked as an editor at Psychology Today before swanning off to New Zealand to participate in the startup of a gold mining company. Upon returning to the States, she inadvertently ended up living in Manhattan, where she did a course of study at Parsons School of Design and subsequently founded a small business remodeling historic properties in Massachusetts.
She is the author of a book on relationships, Partners (Atheneum, 1981), and has contributed articles on human behavior to Redbook, More and Playgirl. More recently, her poems and short stories have appeared in Poet Lore, Phantasmagoria, RiversEdge, and The Chaffin Review.
She recently completed a nonfiction book, My Horse, My Self: Life Lessons From Taos Horsewomen, a collection of interviews accompanied by portraits by Pennsylvania photographer Jett Ulaner Sarachek.