Sonya Vatomsky


Author's Bio

Sonya Vatomsky is a Russian-American author of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.

Their debut poetry collection, Salt Is For Curing, was published in 2015 by Sator Press and received accolades from Dennis Cooper, Roxane Gay, and Ariana Reines; it is currently in its 5th printing. A chapbook, My Heart In Aspic, is available from Porkbelly Press. Existing at the intersection of language, dill, and survival, Sonya’s poems have been taught in schools and universities, included in anthologies, translated into multiple languages, and nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.

Reported features and essays appear in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian Magazine, and elsewhere; interview subjects have included authors Kelly Link and Thomas Olde Heuvelt and activists Lucien Greaves and W.I.T.C.H. PDX. As a staff writer for alternative culture website Haute Macabre, Sonya covers everything from literature to fashion to dinnerware made out of human ashes. 

Sonya was born in Moscow, Russia and lives in the PNW with a musician, a cat, and a leech. They are a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Horror Writers Association.

Publications & Prizes

Full: An Anthology of Full Moon Poems (Two of Cups Press, 2016)
Salt Is For Curing (Sator Press, 2015)
My Heart In Aspic (Porkbelly Press, 2015)
Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Feminist, LGBTQ, Russian American, White
Prefers to work with: 
At Risk Youth, Children, LGBTQ, Mental Health, Teenagers
Fluent in: 
English, Russian
Born in: 
Raised in: 
Seattle, WA
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Last update: May 01, 2019