Ms. Sonya Lea

Washington, United States

Member Since: 08/02/2017

In the twenty-third year of her marriage, Sonya Lea's husband went into surgery for a rare cancer and came out without any memory of their life. Her memoir, Wondering Who You Are, (Tin House, July 2015), is both a powerful look at perseverance in the face of trauma, and a surprising exploration into what lies beyond our fragile identities.Sonya Lea’s essays and interviews have appeared in Salon, The Southern Review, Brevity, Cold Mountain Review, Tricycle, The Prentice Hall College Reader, The Butter, Guernica, The Rumpus, and more. Excerpts from Wondering Who You Are have received an Artist Trust Award and an international memoir prize. Lea teaches writing at Hugo House in Seattle, and she’s leading a pilot project to teach writing to women veterans through The Red Badge Project. She recently directed her first short film, Every Beautiful Thing, which will play in festivals in spring 2015. She has placed in the Academy Award's Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting.Originally from Kentucky, she currently lives in Seattle, Washington.


Twitter Username: @sonya_lea


  • The Give Away: On Memory, Marriage and Making Things Right , The Butter (April 2015)
  • How My Husband Forgot Sex , Salon (February 14, 2014)
  • Ten Best Meals of My Life (This Far) , Cold Mountain Review (September 2012)
  • Creation Story , The Southern Review (April 2008)
  • Daisy Duke & The Manosphere , The Rumpus (2015)
  • First Bath , Brevity, Reprinted in the Prentice Hall College Reader (September 17, 2012)
  • Excerpt from Wondering Who You Are (memoir) , Guernica (May 1, 2015)


  • Academy Award Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting(2004)
  • Artist Trust Award(2008)
  • Fish International Memoir Prize(2012)


  • Teacher at Hugo House (January 2015 - )
  • Teacher at The Red Badge Project (April 2014 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Wilfrid Laurier University (May 1982)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Screenwriting