September 6, 2002
Sonnenfeld '85 to Read September 10
Sandi H. Sonnenfeld
'85 will discuss and read from This is How I Speak: The Diary
of a Young Woman (Impassio Press, 2002) Tuesday, September
10, at 7 pm at The Odyssey Bookshop. MHC's Alumnae Association
is cosponsoring the event.
In the memoir, which
is written in diary form and is her debut book, Sonnenfeld recounts
her first year in the master of fine arts program in fiction writing
at the University of Washington and creates an intimate portrait
of an ambitious young East Coast dancer turned writer. Three months
after beginning the writing program, Sonnenfeld was blindfolded
and sexually assaulted while visiting a friend in California.
The attack sent her into a tailspin, causing her to question everything
she thought she knew about relationships, sexual violence, feminism,
even writing itself.
H. Sonnenfeld '85
National Book Awardwinning
author Charles Johnson says of the book, "I read This
Is How I Speak in a single sitting, captivated by Sandi Sonnenfeld's
beautiful and brutally honest odyssey through love, a woman's
wounds, literary evolution and yes, even a portrait of the creative
writing faculty at the University of Washington in the 1980s.
This former prof gives her an A-plus."
After graduating from
Mount Holyoke, Sonnenfeld earned an M.F.A. in creative writing
from the University of Washington, where she was awarded the Loren
D. Milliman Writing Scholarship. Her fiction, essays, and journalism
pieces have appeared in more than thirty publications in the United
States and abroad.