Sanderia Smith

Assistant Professor of Practice


Office Location

DH 244





Ph.D. University of North Texas
M.A. University of Texas at Dallas
M.F.A. Arizona State University

Sanderia Faye is the author of Mourner’s Bench, winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for debut fiction, Philosophical Society of Texas Award of Merit for fiction, and Arkansas Library Association, Arkansiana Award. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, New York Times, and Southwest Review. She is a professional speaker, activist and sommelier, where she pairs wine with books. She is the founder and host of LitNight Reading Series, co-founder of Kimbilio Center for Fiction and co-leader of Pen America/Dallas.


Areas of Interest:


Creative nonfiction

African American Literature



Mourner’s Bench, The University of Arkansas Press, 2015


Short Fiction

“Come Away With Me,” D Magazine, July 2020

“Repass Cooks,” Southwest Review Vol. 103.4, 2019.

“Violated,” D Magazine, July 2019.

“Tucker’s Blues,” D Magazine, July 2017.

“A Journey from Innocence to Experience,” Rain Taxi, Vol. 38.1, 2017

“I Flunked It,” Nat.Brut, Spring 2017

“Toe Stepping,” The Collagist, Fall 2015.

“I Flunked It,” One-The Journal, 2015

“Give Me My Money,” The New Sound: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Art, 2015.

“Uncle Robert’s Pictures,” Sabal Literary Journal, Spring 2011

“Maeby Civil Rights,” Arsnick, The University of Arkansas Press, 2011

“Mrs. Holmes,” Mythium Literary Journal, 2010



“In A Pandemic,” Dallas Morning News, 2020
“Breonna Taylor,” The New Yorker, 2020
“Reading Across America,” Literary Hub, 2017
“My Protests And Prayers In Dallas,” The New York Times, 2016



The Arkansas Library Association, Arkansiana Award, 2017

University of North Texas, Wingspan Presidential Award For Excellence 2017

The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award In Debut Fiction, 2016

The Philosophical Society of Texas Award of Merit for fiction, 2015

Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers, 2013

Best Of, Eckerd College Writers’ Conference, 2011


Fellowship and Scholarships                                                                                     

Sewanee Writers Conference, 2017

Vermont Writing Center, 2015

Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency, 2011, 2013, 2015

Writers in Paradise Conference, 2005, 2008,

Dairy Hollow Writers Residency, 2005, 2006

Hurston/Wright Writers’ Conference, 2002



Dallas Morning News, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Blood Orange Review, Vol. 9.2, 2018

Books & Co. PBS, 2017

Rain Taxi, Vol. 38.1, 2017

KUAF FM 91.3, NPR, Fayetteville, AR

KUAR FM 89, NPR, Little Rock, AR, 2015

Ed Gray Show, Interview, Dallas TX, 2015


Courses Taught

English 2312: Introduction to Fiction

English 2390: Introduction to Creative Writing

English 3390: Advanced Creative Writing Workshop




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