About

brightSonya

I’m the author of five books, including  three books of creative nonfiction: Opa NobodyCover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir, and Pain Woman Takes Your Keys: Essays from a Nervous System (forthcoming in 2017) . My other books include a textbook, The Backwards Research Guide for Writers: Using Your Life for Reflection, Connection, and Inspiration and The Evolution of Hillary Rodham Clinton. You can scroll down for more on the books.

The blog where I rave about my solar panels, complain about chronic pain, list teaching and shadow syllabi things, and propose new and outlandish schemes? That’s right here.

My work has been published in literary journals and magazines including The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Fourth Genre, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Washington Post Magazine. I teach in the Department of English at Fairfield University and in the Fairfield Low-Residency MFA Program. You can find more of my online essays and commentary here. My work won the 2012 Terrain.org Award in Nonfiction and is included in True Stories, Well Told: From the First Twenty Years of Creative Nonfiction; other essay have been named Notable in the Best American Essays 2014 and 2015. I also published an e-book on direct care work with SheBooks, Two Eyes are Never Enough: A Minimum-Wage Memoir.

Sonya sitting in a chair grinning wearing orange tights and black boots
Sonya sitting in a chair grinning wearing orange tights and black boots

My informal bio with more of the real dirt is here. I blog a lot on random stuff. I wrote the Shadow Syllabus. I write a lot about healthcare, government and economics, being a parent, being politically active, and general nerdery.

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