SONJA S. MONGAR
Sonja Mongar, MFA writes from her lived life and believes fate favors the prepared person. Which is why she always carries a harmonica in her back pocket.
Award-winning Two Spoons of Bitter, her first indie novel, won the 2019 Gold Royal Palm Literary award for fiction; was a UK Wishing Shelf finalist and earned a Merit Award from Colorado Independent Publishers. It earned five-stars from Wishing Shelf readers and from Readers Favorite and has been sold in 79 countries. The novel is based on a true story that took place in the South during the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 90s.
She is also a memoirist, publishing her essays in Brevity, Poor Yorick, Saw Palm; Florida Literature & Arts, and Pink Panther, among others. Most recently, her essay, “The Last Spike” - touching on remembrances of life on the Milwaukee Road is featured in, Ghostline, by photographer, Glenn Rudolph – a book of stunning black and white photographs chronicling the dismantling of the bankrupt Milwaukee Railroad in 1980 across the Northwest.
Former incarnations include music features journalist, magazine editor, and tenured Professor of English (University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez) where she specialized in creative writing. A songwriter and blues harmonica player, she’s played in numerous alternative/rock/blues bands over the years, as well as with a Latin fusion jibara band in Puerto Rico for over a decade.
Currently, she teaches in the Western Connecticut State Low Residency MFA in Creative and Professional Writing.
She’s a writing coach and content/development editor and indie publisher as well as teaches free creative writing workshops in the community.
Current projects include Riders of the Dust, a 1920s Western screenplay inspired by her fierce Montana grandmothers and a memoir, Harmonica Diaries, An Old Woman’s Suitcase Full of Blues.
She resides in Florida where she can hear the trains at night, but her heart is in the Pacific Northwest.