For over 20 years, Susan Hartman has been writing intimate stories about people and communities.  Her cover stories and profiles have appeared in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and Newsday.

She has teamed up with some of the best American photographers, profiling a Belfast boy who needed a break from summer violence; a Chinese immigrant who repairs watches on a Brooklyn street; and Ghanaian live-in home health aides—far from their homes in the Bronx—who are united through a prayer call.

On June 7, 2022, her book, City of Refugees, the Story of Three Newcomers Who Breathed Life into a Dying American Town, will be published by Beacon Press.   

The author of two books of poetry, Hartman was educated at Kirkland College and received an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where she now teaches.  She has taught journalism at Yale, NYU, and Barnard College.  

She lives outside New York City with her husband. They have a grown son and daughter.

Photograph © Deb Klein

Photograph © Deb Klein


City of Refugees (Beacon Press)
Publication date:  June 7, 2022

* NYC book launch: June 23, 2022
* Utica book launch:  June 18, 2022