Bonny Finberg

Poet, Fiction Writer

New York, NY 10025

Author's Bio

Bonny Finberg’s fiction, poetry and photographs have been published and translated internationally in  numerous literary journals and anthologies and have been included in various gallery exhibitions. Her work has been translated into five languages. Publications include a novel, "Kali's Day” (Autonomedia/Unbearable Books);  a short story collection, How the Discovery of Sugar Produced the Romantic Era (Sisyphus Press); Déja Vu poetry and digital collages (Corrupt Press); Sitting Book (Xanadu Press).  Her work can be found in Ragged Lion Press, Big Bridge, Sensitive Skin, Thrice Fiction, KGB Literary Journal, The Villager, Le Purple Journal, Upstairs at Duroc, Noir Nation, Evergreen Review, Brooklyn Rail, Ping Pong Literary Review

She received a 2014 Kathy Acker Award for fiction and is working on her second novel. 

Publications & Prizes


Kali’s Day (Autonomedia, 2014)
How the Discovery of Sugar Produced the Romantic Era (Sisyphus Press, 2006)


Sitting Book (Xanadu, 2017)
Déjà Vu (Corrupt Press, 2011)
Prizes won: 

Acker Award for Fiction, 2014

Can Serrat Artist Residency, Barcelona, Spain: Full Writer’s Stipend, 2005

Grand Prize for Poetry, Westmoreland Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, Penn. 1987

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Jeannette Winterson, Angela Carter, Elena Ferrante, Paul Bowles, Lucia Berlin, Clarice Lispector, Graham Greene, Don Delillo, Jim Harrison, Ernest Hemmingway, Anthony Doerr, Dennis Cooper, Melissa Febos, William Gaddis
What I'm reading now: 
Mad Travelers: Reflections on the Reality of Transient Mental Illnesses by Ian Hacking, This Wild Darkness by Harold Brodkey, Girlhood by Melissa Febos, What Becomes a Legend Most: Biography of Richard Avedon by Philip Gefter

More Information

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Born in: 
New York, NY
New York
Raised in: 
New York, NY
New York
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Last update: Apr 22, 2023