Sonja Livingston

Assistant Professor

Patterson 433
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MFA, University of New Orleans
M.S. Ed., SUNY Brockport

Academic Summary

Professor Livingston teaches writing workshops in creative nonfiction and poetry. While her specialties are personal narrative and memoir, she is particularly interested in the ways in which the genres of poetry and literary nonfiction intersect in the hybrid form known as the lyric essay.

Select Publications


  • Queen of the Fall, University of Nebraska Press, 2015
  • Ghostbread, University of Georgia Press, 2010/2009 (Winner of the AWP Award in Creative Nonfiction)

Creative Nonfiction

  • "One Thousand Mary Doyles" Brevity, 2014
  • "Mock Orange" Finalist, Judith Kitchen Prize, Water~Stone, 2014
  • "Blue Kentucky Girl" Appalachian Heritage, 2014
  • "Lydia, from the Philippines" Louisville Review, 2014
  • "Capias" & "Klotilde's Cake" Blackbird, 2014
  • "Land of the Lost" Winner of the Susan Atefat Nonfiction Prize, Arts & Letters, 2013
  • "Lonely Hunters" Seneca Review, 2013
  • "One for Sorrow" The McNeese Review, 2013
  • "Mad Love: The Ballad of Fred & Allie" Creative Nonfiction, 2013. Nominated, Pushcart Prize & Listed as Notable in Best American Essays, 2014.
  • "Something Like Joy" River Teeth, 2013
  • "Our Lady of the Roses," Fourth Genre, 2012.
  • "Field Guide," Jelly Bucket/Bluegrass Writers' Workshop, 2012.
  • "Ghetto Girls Guide," YOU: 2ND PERSON ESSAYS, Welcome Table Press, 2012
  • "Dare: A Parenthetical Aside" Waccamaw, 2011. (nominated for a Pushcart Prize)
  • "Five Dollars" and "Power" IOU: New Writing on Money, Concord Free Press, Spring 2010.


  • "But All is to be Dared." Alaska Quarterly Review, 2011
  • "Honky." Alaska Quarterly Review, 2011.
  • "The First Gulf War." Love Rises Up: An Anthology, Benu Press, 2012.
  • "Año Nuevo." Cream City Review, 2010.
  • "St. Valentine's Day, Western New York." Spoon River Poetry Review, 2010. (nominated for A Pushcart Prize)
  • "Miss Zucchini Blossom." AGNI, 2009.