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Sanderia  Faye

Sanderia Faye

Assistant Professor, Activist, & Sommelier


Sanderia Faye (Smith), PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Practice at Southern Methodist University (SMU). She is also a professional speaker, activist and sommelier, where she pairs wine with books. Her novel, Mourner’s Bench, is the winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, Philosophical Society of Texas Award of Merit for fiction, and Arkansas Library Association, Arkansiana Award. She is the Executive Director of the Dallas Literary Festival presented by SMU and the founder of LitNight Reading Series. Read More >

Faye’s work has appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times, Southwest Review, Rain Taxi, Nat Brut, the Collagist and other literary journals. She received “Best Of” honors at the 2011 Eckerd College Writers’ Conference, Co –Directors Dennis Lehane and Sterling Watson, where her winning story was published in SABAL Literary Journal.

She published in the anthology Arsnick: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas, and moderated the grassroots panel for the Arkansas Civil Rights Symposium during the Freedom Riders 50th Anniversary. She coordinated the first AWP African Diaspora Caucus, and has moderated and severed on several panels.

She received grants and scholarships offers from Hurston/Wright Writers Conference, Eckerd College Writers’ in Paradise Conference, Callaloo Writers Workshop, and Vermont, Writers Studio. She attended The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow and Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency. 

She holds a PhD in English from the University of North Texas where she was nominated for the University of North Texas Wingspan Presidential Award For Excellence, an MFA from Arizona State University, an MA from the University of Texas at Dallas, a BS in Accounting from the University of Arkansas. Faye is the Co-Leader of Pen America/Dallas, Co-Founder of Kimbilio Center for Fiction, and Founder of LitNight Reading Series. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

How People Survive | Arizona PBS

Writer’s Workshop: Elements of Fiction | Fort Worth Public Library

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A Conversation with Sanderia Faye

Books & Media


Mourner's Bench: A Novel