Mary Susan Heath
Mary Susan Heath, writer, lecturer, and workshop leader, is the author of Legs Astride the World. As a journalism teacher, she recognized the significance of her uncle's stories about the Philippine Campaign in World War II, his role after the war in executing Nazi war criminals at Landsberg Prison, Germany, and his service during the Korean War. When Lieutenant Colonel Lehman H. Johnson, Jr. tapped her to write his memoir, she was honored to accept. Now retired from teaching, Ms. Heath was certified twice as a National Board Teacher. She holds a master's degree in English from N.C. State University and published her thesis in the CLA Journal. It was subsequently republished in the Journal of Modern Literature. She has published poetry in The Crucible and in Wayne Community College's Renaissance. Currently, she serves as the Education and History Consultant for the Wayne County Historical Society, in Goldsboro, N.C. Partnering with Wayne County Public Schools, she has written two plays, Home Grown in Goldsboro, Dorothy Cotton (1930-2018), and Lady Liberty for the newly launched traveling trunks exhibition, funded through the North Carolina Humanities Council. Ms. Heath currently resides in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and in Little River, South Carolina.