Areas of Interest: Creative Writing

Contact Information
Office: PAHB 429
Office Number: 410-455-2712

MFA in Creative Writing, George Mason University
B.A. in English, UMBC


Sally Shivnan, Principal Lecturer, teaches creative writing as well as other writing courses for the English Department. Her short fiction collection, Piranhas, & Quicksand, & Love, and Other Stories, was published by Press 53 in 2016, and her fiction and essays have appeared in journals including The Georgia Review, Antioch Review, Glimmer Train, and Rosebud, and in The Silver Rose Anthology. Her travel writing was featured in The Best American Travel Writing 2006 and Travelers’ Tales Best Travel Writing 2005, and was included in The Best American Travel Writing 2008‘s listing of Notable Travel Writing for that year; many newspapers, magazines, and websites have published her travel essays, including The Washington Post, Miami Herald, Baltimore Sun, The Nature Conservancy Magazine, Saturday Evening Post, Washingtonian,,, and

She has won a number of awards for her work, including a Maryland State Arts Council grant, the Travel Classics International Conference travel writing prize, a Book Passage Travel Essay Contest prize, and a Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Prize. She writes book reviews for the Washington Independent Review of Books, and also has a radio program called “Prose and Poetry” at the Radio Reading Network, which serves blind and low vision listeners in Maryland.

You can find more about her and her writing at


Piranhas & Quicksand & Love
Press 53, 2016