SONJA S. MONGAR
Sonja S. Mongar, MFA - Award Winning author...
A product of railroaders, ranchers, moonshiners and suffragettes, Mongar, was born in Montana – at the foot of the Bitterroot mountain range - in the Clark Fork River Valley. Yearning for greener grass, her parents made stakes in four states and two provinces before landing permanently in swamplands of Florida when she was a teen. But the traveling blues was already in her blood, so she kept on movin' - the marvelous adventures and shattering mishaps imprinting themselves upon the landscapes, characters, and dramas of her imagination. There will always be a train, a lost highway and a character adrift in her stories.
Educator, freelance journalist, memoirist, songwriter and blues harmonica player, Two Spoons of Bitter is her first novel and has won multiple awards.
A former tenured professor of English from the University of Puerto Rico specializing in creative writing, she currently mentors new writers in the Western Connecticut State Low Residency MFA in Creative and Professional Writing program. She divides her time between the Pacific Northwest and Southeast Coastal Florida where she bears witness to the magical unfolding of her four grandchildren’s lives. Projects underway: Riders of the Dust - a 1920s Western screenplay inspired by her fierce Montana grandmothers