Sue William Silverman’s fifth work of creative nonfiction, How to Survive Death and Other Inconveniences, is forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press, as part of its American Lives Series, in March 2020. Her recent poetry collection is If the Girl Never Learns (Brick Mantel Books).

Sue’s first memoir, Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You (University of Georgia Press, 1996), won the Association of Writers and Writing Programs award in creative nonfiction, and her second memoir, Love Sick: One Woman’s Journey through Sexual Addiction (W. W. Norton, 2001), was also made into a Lifetime television original movie nominated for two PRISM Awards. Her most recent book, a memoir-in-essays, The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew (University of Nebraska Press), was a finalist in Foreword Reviews’ IndieFab Book of the Year Award.

She is also the author of Fearless Confessions: A Writer’s Guide to Memoir (Georgia), and a poetry collection, Hieroglyphics in Neon (Orchises Press). One of Sue’s personal essays appears in The Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Nonfiction: Work from 1970 to the Present (Simon & Schuster), while four other essays won national writing contests with Hotel Amerika, Mid-American Review, Water~Stone Review, and Blue Mesa Review. A flash essay is featured in’s 20th Anniversary Special Issue.

Other poems and essays have appeared in such places as The Rumpus, Bellingham Review, Prairie Schooner, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, Arts & Letters, Creative Nonfiction, and River Teeth. Sue was featured in an interview in The Writer’s Chronicle and has been the subject of several documentaries including for the Discovery Channel and WE-TV. As a professional speaker, she has appeared on national radio and television programs such as “The View,” “Anderson Cooper-360” and “CNN-Headline News.” She holds an honorary doctorate from Aquinas College.

Silverman was interviewed at AWP 2019 by Rich Fahle, Executive Producer of PBS Books, on how AWP and writing change lives, including hers. Watch the full interview at

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MFA - Writing | VCFA
BS - Communication/Journalism | Boston University

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