Sally Shivnan ~ ~ fiction ~ essays ~ travel

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My short fiction collection, Piranhas & Quicksand & Love, was published by Press 53 in 2016, and recently three of its stories have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. My fiction and essays have appeared in The Georgia Review, Antioch Review, Glimmer Train, Rosebud, and other journals, and my travel writing has been featured in anthologies including The Best American Travel Writing, as well as in The Washington Post, Miami Herald, Nature Conservancy Magazine, Washingtonian, Saturday Evening Post, railstotrails.org, LetsCarryOn.com, baltimore.org and many other publications and websites.   

I have won a number of awards for my work, including the 2011 Travel Classics International travel writing contest, a Book Passage Travel Essay Contest prize, a Maryland State Arts Council grant, a Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Prize, and a Silver Rose Award from the ART Foundation.  In summer 2006 I was writer-in-residence at KHN Center for the Arts in  Nebraska City, Nebraska.

I have an MFA in fiction from George Mason University, and teach creative writing at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), where I am associate director of the English Department's Writing and Rhetoric Division.

The Radio Reading Network, which serves blind and visually impaired listeners in the mid-Atlantic region, streams my hour-long, biweekly program "Prose and Poetry" at their website, radioreadingnetwork.org.   Reading, it turns out, can be as powerful, cathartic, and creative an act as writing.