Susan Kellam escaped Washington DC in 2011 to decide whether Maine winters could really be worse than sitting through a Senate filibuster. She began her journalism career at Rolling Stone magazine and has subsequently covered the gamut, from rock and roll to the waterfront to politics. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Washingtonian magazine, National Fisherman, Congressional Quarterly, among many others. At her final Washington job, as a communications expert at the Brookings Institution, she wrote and edited extensively on social and economic policy. Susan would happily watch the snow batter her windows than to get up close again to the U.S. Congress; so she has stayed in Maine.
Putting out her shingle, Word Sharpener, has meant exporting her work to Washington from Maine. For four straight years, she edited the Economic Report of the President for the Obama administration. She has worked with PwC to help analyze health care trends for the past five years. And has written annual reports for Brookings and the Atlantic Council.
Susan is happy to report that she has finished her memoir of the rock and roll years and hopes to have a publisher soon. She is at work on her second book that delves into her exodus from Washington to homestead a Maine salt-water farm like her favorite writer, EB White.
She lives in Waldoboro on the Medomak River’s Sampson Cove.