About Willona Sloan

willona sloan_headshotWillona M. Sloan has published non-fiction, fiction and poetry in numerous publications, including AudioFemme, BlazeVOX, Bohemia, Education Update, Fresh Cup, Northern Virginia, Paste, Publishers Weekly, The Rumpus, University of Virginia, Washington Post and Words Apart

Willona received two Artist Fellowship awards from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and artist residencies at Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada; Sparkbox Studio in Ontario, Canada; and the Gröndalshús Writer’s Home in Reykjavík, Iceland. She is an alum of the VONA and Hurston/Wright writing workshops.

Willona teaches creative and professional writing workshops and leads literary-focused networking events. She also founded the Write.Drink.Read. series of happy writing hours. She has taught workshops in the Washington, DC area at the Writer’s Center and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. She also led workshops in partnership with The Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature and the Reykjavík International Literary Festival. 

She released the e-pub Come to Our Show: Punk Show Flyers from D.C. to Down Under (2012) and Black Coffee & Vinyl Presents: Ice Culture (2019).

Willona earned a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in Literature from American University.

To be added to the mailing list to learn more about upcoming Writing with Willona events, email willonasloan [@] gmail.com.

Press Interviews

“Iceland fans fired up by team’s European adventure”USA TODAY
Interview for article about Iceland’s international support at UEFA Euro 2016 tournament.

“DreamGirl: Willona Sloan”TheFrugalFeminista.com 
Interview about Writing with Willona series.

“This Show Flyer Could Be Your Life”Washington CityPaper
Interview about Come To Our Show: Punk Show Flyers from D.C. to Down Under.

 Ísland er ,,einkennilegur staður með einstökum manneskjum” — Pressan
Article by an Icelandic news site about my experience of traveling in Iceland. Rough translation of the title: “Iceland, a peculiar place with unique people.”