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Sanderia Faye

Antioch University Los Angeles

Sanderia Faye is the author of the novel, Mourner’s Bench, winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in debut fiction, The Philosophical Society of Texas Award of Merit for fiction, and The 2017 Arkansas Library Association, Arkansiana Award. Her writing has appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times, Southwest Review and several other publications.

She received a doctor of philosophy, PhD, in English from the University of North Texas, and serves on the creative writing faculty at Southern Methodist University. She is co-founder of Kimbilio Center for Fiction, Co-Leader at Pen America DFW, founder of LitNight Reading Series, and Executive Director for the Dallas Literary Festival.

Educational History

University of North Texas, Graduate College of Arts and Sciences, 2020 Doctor of Philosophy in English

University of Texas at Dallas, College of Arts and Sciences, 2016 M.A. Aesthetic Studies

Arizona State University, Graduate College of Arts and Science, 2001 M.F.A Creative Writing

Mourner’s Bench, The University of Arkansas Press, 2015

“In A Pandemic,” Dallas Morning News, 2020

“Breonna Taylor,” The New Yorker, 2020

“Reading Across America,” Literary Hub, 2017

“My Protests And Prayers In Dallas,” The New York Times, 2016

The Arkansas Library Association, Arkansiana Award, 2017 University of North Texas, Wingspan Presidential Award For Excellence 2017 The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award In Debut Fiction, 2016 The Philosophical Society of Texas Award of Merit for fiction, 2015

PEN America

Pen America Dallas

Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP)

Authors Guild

Sanderia Faye

Visiting Faculty,

MFA in Creative Writing


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