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Spotlight on Sonya Bilocerkowycz

  • Dates: January 22, 2020
  • Start Time: 7:00 PM
  • Times: Starting: 07:00 PM
  • Admission: Free and open to the public
  • Location: Writers & Books
  • Address: 740 University Avenue Rochester, NY 14607
  • Web Site: https://wab.org/

Sonya Bilocerkowycz is the author of On Our Way Home from the Revolution, selected by David Lazar and Patrick Madden as winner of the 2018 Gournay Prize. Her debut book was also named a "Most Anticipated Essay Collection" for Fall 2019 by Literary Hub.  Sonya's essays and poems have appeared in Colorado Review, Guernica, The Southampton Review, Ninth Letter, Image, Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere. She currently teaches Creative Writing at SUNY Geneseo and is Managing Editor for Speculative Nonfiction. 

In 2014, Sonya Bilocerkowycz, a tourist at a deadly revolution, is at first enamored with the Ukrainians’ idealism, but when the romantic revolution melts into a war with Russia, she becomes disillusioned and returns home to the US and the diaspora community that raised her. But what does it mean when she discovers a missing page from her family’s survival story—one that raises questions about her own guilt? On Our Way Home from the Revolution muddles our easy distinctions between innocence and complicity, agency and fate.

“A fierce, lyrical book that achieves a rare balance between the burden and beauty of heritage.” —Patricia Hampl