Sandi Sonnenfeld

Author's Bio

A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Sandi Sonnenfeld holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Washington where she studied under National Book Award Winner Charles Johnson. The author of myriad short stories and personal essays, Sandi wrote the memoir, This Is How I Speak (2002: Impassio Press), which recounts her first year at the MFA program at the UW after surviving a terrifying sexual assault, which led her to question whom she really was both as a woman and emerging artist. Upon its publication, Sandi was named a 2002 Celebration Author by the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, which honors writers whose work merits special notice. This is How I Speak was also named a July/August 2002 Booksense 76 finalist. Sandi currently lives in New York's beautiful Hudson Valley and is working on an historical novel. She has taught literature and creative writing classes and workshops at Pierce College (Washington State), Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth, and Mount Holyoke College.

Publications and Prizes

This Is How I Speak: The Diary of a Young Woman
(Impassio Press, 2002)
Best of Mr. Bellers' Neighborhood
(W. W. Norton & Company, 2009)
, Darkness and Light: Private Writing as Art
(Impassio Press, 1999)
, Family: A Celebration
(Peterson's, 1995)
, Sex & the City
(Serpent's Tail Press, 1989)
Another Chicago Magazine, CPU Review, Emrys Journal, Falling Star, Hayden's Ferry Review, Intellectual Refuge, Ion, Isotope, Jewish Literary Journal, Margin: Exploring Magic Realism, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, Necessary Fiction, New Works Review, Onion River Review, Perigee, Raven Chronicles, Revolution House, Salmon Magazine, Sojourner, Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, The Storyteller, This Magazine, Voices West, Written Arts
Prizes Won: 
Barbara Benson Fiction Prize, Mount Holyoke College (1985); Loren D. Milliman Writing Fellowship, University of Washington (1988); David Dornstein Young Writers Prize, Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education (1993); Celebration Author, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (Fall 2002); Finalist, Rosebud Magazine’s X.J. Kennedy Award for Creative Nonfiction (2001), Greensboro Review Literary Awards (2001) and the 39th Annual New Millennium Writing Awards for Fiction (2015).

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
Beatrice and Vergil by Yann Martel
Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

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Listed as: 
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer
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Feminist, Jewish
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Long Island, NY
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Last updated: Jul 04, 2017