Sue William Silverman is an award-winning memoirist, essayist, and poet. Her fourth work of creative nonfiction, How to Survive Death and Other Inconveniences, was named “one of 9 essay collections feminists should read in 2020” by Bitch Media. It was also listed in LitHub as “One of 100: The Best of the University Presses: 100 Books to escape the news—selected from new books or favorite releases from any point in time.”

Sue’s first memoir, Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You, 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, was also made into a Lifetime television original movie nominated for two PRISM Awards. Her memoir-in-essays, The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew, was a finalist for Foreword Reviews’ IndieFab Book of the Year Award.

She is also the author of Fearless Confessions: A Writer’s Guide to Memoir and two poetry collections, most recently If the Girl Never Learns, which one two two gold medals from the Human Relations Indie Book Award. One of Sue’s personal essays appears in The Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Nonfiction: Work from 1970 to the Present, while five other essays won national writing contests with Hotel Amerika, Mid-American Review, Water~Stone Review, Blue Mesa Review, and Los Angeles Review (2020).

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, CNN-Headline News, and PBS Books. She holds an honorary doctorate from Aquinas College.

Sue teaches in the MFA in Writing program at VCFA and is a Contributing Editor at Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction.

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MFA - Writing | VCFA

BS - Communication/Journalism | Boston University

Selected work

Brian Leung

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]

Barbara Hurd

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF]

Connie May Fowler

Faculty Chair, MFA in Writing [fiction/CNF]; Director, Novel Retreat

Elena Passarello

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF]

Betsy Sholl

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]

Matthew Dickman

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]