SC 0116_017_scrsOfficially:  Sonya Chung is the author of the novels The Loved Ones (Relegation Books, 2016) and Long for This World (Scribner, 2010). She is a staff writer for the The Millions and founding editor of Bloom, and is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize nomination, the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, the Bronx Council on the Arts Writers’ Residency, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and a Key West Literary Seminars residency. Sonya’s stories, reviews, & essays have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Tin HouseThe Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of BooksShort: An International Anthology, and forthcoming in the anthology Wherever I’m With You (Seal Press), among othersSonya has taught fiction writing at Columbia University, NYU, Gotham Writers’ Workshop, and College of Mount St. Vincent. Currently she lives in New York City and teaches at Skidmore College.

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JW_WW_photo_smallAdditionally: Sonya was born in Washington, DC, and raised in suburban Maryland and has also lived in Seattle and New England.  She loves wandering urban streets, growing vegetables, Paris, bourbon, good TV, cigars, three-minute poached eggs, baking, boots, motorcycles, and kindness.  She is passionately DIY and prefers small living spaces to large ones.  She is an introvert, and awkward on social media, and is essentially faking it when using exclamation points. The book that made her want to be a writer was Annie Dillard’s A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.  Also, she is nothing without these two soulful beings>>>>


Recent Interviews:

At Electric Literature with Sion Dayson

At Margins (Asian American Writers’ Workshop) with Monica Lewis

On The Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAMU 88.5 DC public radio

At The Alt with William Belcher

With Deborah Kalb

With Brad Listi at Otherppl podcast


Past Interviews:

At Bookslut with Terry Hong

Audio interview with Rachel Glass of Evergreen Radio Reading Service in Seattle

At The Millions with Edan Lepucki

Audio interview on WJFF 90.5 FM Catkills Public Radio with Ian Williams (click player below to listen)

Self-interview at The Nervous Breakdown

My Booknotes Music Playlist at Largehearted Boy

Strata Interview at Open Letters Monthly / Like Fire

At Blogcritics with Carole McDonnell

With Bethanne Patrick / WETA’s The Book Studio