Susan Minot is an American novelist, short story writer, poet, playwright, screenwriter and painter. Minot's first book, Monkeys, which was worked on in residence at MacDowell, won the 1987 Prix Femina Étranger in France and was published in a dozen countries. Her other books all published internationally are Lust & Other Stories, Folly, Evening, Rapture, a poetry collection, Poems 4 A.M. and Thirty Girls. In 1984 she received the first prize in Pushcart Prize for her story “Hiding.” Among the anthologies her fiction has been included in are: The Best American Short Stories 1984 and 1985, the Pen/O Henry Prize Stories: 1985, 1989 and in 2011 for her story “Pole, Pole.” Minot's poems and stories have been published in The New Yorker, Grand Street, the Paris Review, GQ, the Kenyon Review, River City, the New England Review, Swink, the Mississippi Review, H.O.W., British Marie Claire, Fiction, Northwest Humanities Review, and the Atlantic Monthly. Her non-fiction and travel writing have appeared in The Best American Travel Writing 2001 and the following magazines: McSweeney's, The New York Times, the Paris Review, Vogue, Travel and Leisure, Esquire, the American Scholar, House & Garden, Condé Nast Traveller, Victoria, and Porter Magazine.