“…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
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.
Sonya 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.