Life from the Beginning
She was born as Susan Sadoff to Bess & Benard. Her family has origins from Lithuania, Russia, and Pinsk, Belorussia. Along with her sister Muriel and brother Bud, the family moved frequently as she grew up. She met her husband, Henry Lorenzi, while working in California and the two married in 1964 before moving to Holmes County, Mississippi, where the pair worked with the local Black communiy in their struggle for voting rights and equality. Later, while living in DC, Sue and Henry changed their last name from Lorenzi to Sojourner, inspired by Sojourner Truth, and welcomed their son, Aaron. As an adult, she struggled with mental health issues which she addressed openly in her personal and creative writing.
In September of 2007, Sue described herself as "a white Jewish woman who was raised in the upper middle class in 1940s and 1950s Chicago, Salt Lake, Maine, and Massachusetts". She traveled extensively, visiting locales in Central America, North Africa, and Europe. Her most notable locations of residency were Pittsburgh, PN, Washington DC, Oregon, and Duluth, MN. She eventually settled in Minneapolis in 2015, where she lived until her death in 2020.
One of Sue's chosen names for this collection, Hasalo, came from the combination of names that she held dear in life: Harris from her mother's maiden name, Sadoff from her father, and Lorenzi from the last name she shared with Henry.