Bloom: Supporting Debut Novelists Aged: 40+

“…By the time Long for This World was published, I was 37, and I was somewhat startled to find that, according to a number of awards and other fellowships, I was no longer “young.” It really shocked me, because I felt young, in every way, and yet I’d been put into a category of “old,” or at least “older.”…”  ~Sonya Chung

Huffington Post

Bloom: Supporting Debut Novelists Aged Over 40 Years Old


Theo Pauline Nestor , author and host of the Wild Mountain Memoir Retreat, talks with Sonya Chung, author of the novel Long for This World and founding editor of Bloom, a newly launched literary site devoted to featuring authors whose first books were published when they were 40 or older.


Chung_authorphoto1fuzzy borderSonya Chung is the author of the novel Long for This World (Scribner 2010). Her stories, reviews, & essays have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Crab Orchard Review, Tin House, Sonora Review, FiveChapters, BOMB Magazine, and the anthology The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books, among others. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize nomination, the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, the Bronx Council on the Arts Writers’ Fellowship & Residency, and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. She is a staff writer at The Millions and Associate Editor of The Common. Sonya also currently teaches fiction writing at Columbia University.


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