My Story

I write because I find the world and its inhabitants exceedingly strange. Though the work I produce is primarily nonfiction, I believe that reading broadly is essential, and my research interests include formal experimentation, postmodern retellings, and queer and/or Asian American authors. As an essayist, I’m continually torn between the poles of subjectivity and fact (or perhaps an essayist is like Prometheus, trying to bring some sort of light [truth? Truth?] to the world, and as a result is chained to a rock of Fact and the eagle tormentor is named Subjectivity) and the tension between writing about the self and the complete inability to take myself seriously.

Alysia Sawchyn sits smiling in front of a fence covered in Ivy.
The cover of Volume 32 of The Peal Journal. The cover has a pink and purple cloud design. The bottom right corner reads


  • B.A. in Writing, University of Tampa
  • M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition, Ball State University
  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing, University of South Florida

Courses Taught

  • WRI 1132: Forms + Theories of Creative Nonfiction
  • WRI 3000: Literary Magazine History + Editing
  • WRI 3160: Advanced Creative Nonfiction

Crews and Other Activities

  • Editor in Chief, The Rumpus

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