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Faculty Member Sue William Silverman Nominated for a Pushcart Prize

Posted by Dana Routhier on Mar 21, 2012 3:16:00 PM

MFA in Writing faculty member at Vermont College of Fine Arts, Sue William Silverman, was nominated by Pushcart’s Board of Contributing Editors for a Pushcart Prize for her essay, “Prepositioning John Travolta." The essay is published in the current issue of Ninth Letter.

Sue William Silverman (color photo) smaller.previewSue's memoir Love Sick: One Woman’s Journey through Sexual Addiction (W. W. Norton) is also a Lifetime television original movie (nominated for two PRISM Awards). Her first memoir, Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You (Univ. of Georgia Press), won the Association of Writers and Writing Programs award in creative nonfiction. Her most recent book is Fearless Confessions: A Writer’s Guide to Memoir (Univ. of Georgia Press), and her poetry collection is Hieroglyphics in Neon (Orchises Press). One of her personal essays appears in The Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Nonfiction: Work from 1970 to the Present (Simon & Schuster), while three other essays won contests with Hotel Amerika, Mid-American Review, and Water~Stone Review. Other poems, essays, and short stories (four nominated for a Pushcart Prize) have appeared in such places as Prairie Schooner, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, Redbook, The Caribbean Writer, Brevity, Arts & Letters, and River Teeth. Sue was featured in an interview in The Writer’s Chronicle, and she has appeared on various national radio and television programs such as “The View,” “Anderson Cooper—360,” and “CNN-Headline News,” as well as the Discovery Channel. She is associate editor of Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, and has an honorary doctorate from Aquinas College for her work in literature and child abuse victim advocacy. Her current writing project, The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew, focuses on cultural personal essays. For more information, please visit

Congratulations, Sue!

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