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Sonja Livingston's latest book, Ladies Night at the Dreamland, combines history, memory and imagination to interact with and illuminate the lives of fascinating American women from the past. The result is a series of poetic essays. Her book, Queen of the Fall uses memory and personal experience to consider the lives of girls and women she’s known more personally. Sonja’s first book, Ghostbread, won an AWP Book Prize for Nonfiction and has been adopted for use by classrooms around the nation. Her writing has been honored with a NYFA Fellowship, an Iowa Review Award, and Arts & Letters Essay Prize, and grants from Vermont Studio Center and The Deming Fund for Women.

Her work has appeared in many literary journals including Salon, The Rumpus, Creative Nonfiction, the Iowa Review, Brevity, and is anthologized in several texts on writing, including SHORT TAKES, THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER, THE CURIOUS WRITER, POVERTY/PRIVILEGE: A READER FOR WRITERS, BRIEF ENCOUNTERS, and WAVEFORM: TWENTY-FIRST-CENTURY ESSAYS BY WOMEN.

Sonja teaches creative writing at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, and in the study abroad program through the University of New Orleans in such places as San Miguel de Allende, Edinburgh, and Cork. She is married to the artist Jim Mott.