MFA in Writing

Sue William Silverman / Faculty, CNF

Sue William Silverman

Sue William Silverman's 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.

Sue’s first book, Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You (Univ. of Georgia Press, 1996), won the Association of Writers and Writing Programs award in creative nonfiction, and her other 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.

She is also the author of Fearless Confessions: A Writer's Guide to Memoir (Univ. of Georgia Press), and a poetry collection, Hieroglyphics in Neon (Orchises Press, 2006). 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 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 (four nominated for a Pushcart Prize) have appeared in such places as The Rumpus, Bellingham Review, Prairie Schooner, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, Arts & LettersCreative 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.