Susan Shapiro

Susan Shapiro, an award-winning writing professor, freelances for The New York Times, New York Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, L.A. Times, Newsweek, Elle, Esquire & She's the New York Times bestselling author of 10 books, including the acclaimed memoirs Lighting Up, Only as Good as Your Word, and Five Men Who Broke My Heart, the coauthored nonfiction books Unhooked and The Bosnia List, and the novel What's Never Said. She and her husband, a TV/film writer, live in Greenwich Village, where she teaches her popular "instant gratification takes too long" classes at the New School, NYU and in private workshops & seminars. You can follow her on Twitter at @susanshapironet or reach her at

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Food for the Soul
Selections from the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen Writers Workshop
Edited by Elizabeth Maxwell and Susan Shapiro

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Featured on The Today Show 11/27/04

Excerpted in New York Times - City Section 11/14/04
Listed in New York Post's "Required Reading" 11/7/04

This collection...from 25 talented participants in a soup kitchen workshop lives up to its title.... funny, gritty, brutally honest - writing that attests to a raw spirituality... informed by life on the streets...Sometimes sweet...sometimes bitter... a nutritious "slice of life" from a workshop truly in the soul-food business.
Publishers Weekly

Poignant stories about life on the street
Time Out New York

The essays and verse provide a window into the diverse lives and personalities of unique individuals...Some are heartwarming, others heartbreaking....If there is this much talent among soup kitchen guests in writing alone, how much more untapped ability there must be just waiting to be brought forth in countless other fields as well.
New York Beacon
These essays, poems, stories from 25 participants in a soup kitchen writing project will make you cry and laugh. Raw and honest, each one is a response to a prompt such as "Where I'm From" or "My Best Mistake." This little volume bursts with nourishment as the holiday season approaches.
Elizabeth Taylor
Chicago Tribune
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