Sandi Sonnenfeld

Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer

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 more than 30 published short stories and personal essays, Sandi's memoir, This Is How I Speak (Seattle: Impassio Press), which recounts her first year at the MFA program at the UW after surviving a terrifying sexual assault, explores what it means to both a young woman and emerging artist in America during the 1980s. Upon its publication, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association named Sandi a 2002 Celebration Author, 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, composition and creative writing classes and workshops at Marist College, Western Connecticut State University, Mount Holyoke College, Pierce College (Washington State) and Seattle Central Community College.

Literary agent: 
Nick Mullendore, Loretta Barrett Books/Vertical Ink Agency

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Anthologies:
Best of Mr. Bellers' Neighborhood (W. W. Norton & Company, 2009)
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Darkness and Light: Private Writing as Art (Impassio Press, 1999)
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Family: A Celebration (Peterson's, 1995)
Books:
This Is How I Speak (Impassio Press, 2002)
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This is How I Speak: The Diary of a Young Woman (Impassio Press, 2002)

Fiction

Anthology:
Sex & the City (Serpent's Tail Press, 1989)
Journals:
CPU Review
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Falling Star
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Intellectual Refuge
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Ion
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Isotope: Journal of Nature and Science Writing
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Jewish Literary Journal
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Margin: Exploring Magic Realism
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Necessary Fiction
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New Works Review
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Onion River Review
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Perigee
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Revolution House
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Salmon Magazine
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Sojourner
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This Magazine
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Voices West
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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) and 41st Annual New Millennium Writing Awards for Flash Fiction (2017).

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Isabelle Allende, Margaret Atwood, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Aimee Bender, Geraldine Brooks, Joan Didion, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Fowles, Kathryn Harrison, Charles Johnson, Barbara Kingsolver, Milan Kundera, Lorrie Moore, Flannery O'Connor, Lisa See, Jane Smiley, Graham Swift, Amy Tan, Sarah Vowell
What I'm reading now: 
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin, The Sellout by Paul Beatty, Your Duck is My Duck by Deborah Eisenberg, Heavy by Kiese Laymon, The Way of the Writer by Charles Johnson, American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau by Edited by Bill McKibben

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Feminist, Jewish
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Queens, NY
New York
Raised in: 
Rockville Centre, NY
New York
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Last update: May 08, 2019