VCFA MFA in Writing co-chair Sue Silverman and her book cover

“At times, writers—from the unpublished to jaded lifers—need a fire lit under them to pursue the complex work of self-exploration. Acetylene Torch Songs stresses practice over theory, encourages craftiness as well as craft, and urges writers to embark upon emotional odysseys in pursuit of their art. This holistic approach to writing emphasizes how the creative process brings together the heart, the mind, the soul, and the senses.”

Acetylene Torch Songs is available for purchase now at Nebraska Press.

Sue William Silverman is the Faculty Co-Chair of the MFA in Writing program, advises in the areas of creative nonfiction and hybrid forms, and is on the faculty of VCFA’s Postgraduate Writers’ Conference. Silverman’s other works include titles such as How to Survive Death and Other Inconveniences, The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew, Fearless Confessions: A Writer’s Guide to Memoir, and more. Her poems and essays have appeared in publications such as The Rumpus, Bellingham Review, Prairie Schooner, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, Arts & Letters, Creative Nonfiction,, and River Teeth.

Learn more about Silverman’s work at, and learn more about VCFA’s MFA in Writing at our program page.