From July 2001 – December 2016 Susanne served as the Executive and Creative Director of Thurber House, the nonprofit literary center in Columbus, Ohio. She was responsible for all adult and children’s programming, including all author events; fund-raising; community engagement with other arts organizations. She revitalized the Thurber Prize for American Humor, and for taking Thurber House from a deficit of $200,000 to a positive budget of $600,000. Before that, she was an editor and executive in New York City trade publishing houses such as Simon & Schuster and Random House, working with a variety of authors and genres. The author of several published works, fiction and nonfiction; also ghost-writing and freelance editing.
Tradition of Humor in Ohio
Ohio has a roster of talent in the humor category unlike just about any other state. Why, you might ask? Is it the inherent humor of being neither-coastal? Does that make someone see humor as a way to get through bleak winters and endless fields of corn and professional sports teams that can’t win? Or is the cause of this rich repository of wit as simple as wonderful talents thriving in the heartland of America since the heartland is, in and of itself, pretty funny. Humor is very subjective, and this talk will discuss how the individual humorists—be it writer, cartoonist, comic—always bring their homeland—their heart-land—to their work, and that means that tomorrow’s humorists are working right here, right now in Ohio.
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