Sonya Bilocerkowycz

Lecturer of English and Creative Writing
217B Welles Hall

Sonya Bilocerkowycz is a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow and the author of On Our Way Home from the Revolution: Reflections on Ukraine (Mad Creek Books/Ohio State University Press), which was awarded the Gournay Prize for a debut essay collection. Her work has appeared in GuernicaNinth Letter, New York Review of BooksLit HubLos Angeles Review of BooksColorado ReviewThe Normal School, and elsewhere. She has served as a Fulbright Fellow in Belarus, an educational recruiter in the Republic of Georgia, and an instructor at Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv. She holds an MFA from The Ohio State University and joined the Geneseo faculty in 2019.  


At SUNY Geneseo, Bilocerkowycz teaches creative nonfiction, poetry, and introductory multi-genre writing courses. Courses include advanced nonfiction workshops on topics such as Speculative Nonfiction, Revision, The Lyric Essay, Researching the Self, and The American Essay, as well as an upcoming Ukrainian literature course (Spring 2023).  

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  • ENGL 113: CGC in Lit: Lit of Ukraine

    A critical study of a theme, movement, or special subject that incorporates literature and other cultural productions to explore contemporary global challenges. Course content may incorporate diverse texts and modes of learning (e.g. written, oral, visual, digital, dance/performance). Representative offerings might include Black British Literature and Culture, African Women's Literature, Northern Irish Literature, Postcolonial Literatures.

  • ENGL 305: AdvCreatNon-Fict: The Narrator

    A practical course in the writing of creative nonfiction. Student assignments in the genre are the focus of discussions, both in class sessions and individual conferences with the instructor.

  • ENGL 402: Senior Sem in Creative Writing

    This is the capstone class for English majors pursuing the creative writing track. Students will select, revise and polish work for presentation at their Senior Reading. In addition, students will learn all aspects of staging a literary event, including publicity and advertising. Finally, students will learn the practical skills of pursuing a literary life beyond Geneseo.