Sion reading at Shakespeare & Co, Paris (Photo credit: Calvin Chan)

“Sion doesn’t see challenges, she sees pathways, and doesn’t give up until the destination is reached. Great listener, kind, funny. A pleasure to work with!” 

Michelle J. Gilliam, Owner & Artistic Director, Improv MKE



As a River longlisted, 2021 Crook’s Corner Book Prize

As a River named a 2020 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominee in the Debut Fiction category

As a River named a 2019 Foreword INDIES Book Award Finalist

Honorary Writer-in-Residence, The Mount, Edith Wharton’s house, April 2016

Stone Court Writer-in-Residence, February-May 2016

Writer-in-Residence, Kerouac House, December 2013-February 2014

Short List for Finalists, William Faulkner Wisdom Competition, Novel Category, 2012

Semifinalist, James Jones First Novel Contest, 2012

Featured Panelist, Paris Writers’ Workshop, June 2012

Semifinalist, William Faulkner Wisdom Competition, Novel-in-Progress Category, 2011

Selected by easyJet Holidays as an “Ultimate Paris Travel Blogger,” 2011

Shortlisted, Paris Short Story Contest, 2011

Winner, 30-Word Story Contest, Smokelong Quarterly, 2010

Grant Winner, Fiction, Barbara Deming Award, 2007

Finalist, Ultra-Short Fiction Competition, The Binnacle, University of Maine, Machias, 2007

Honorable Mention, Fiction, UNO Writing Contest, 2005


“Sion’s essays are always pitch-perfect.”
Janet Skeslien Charles, author of Moonlight in Odessa

“[Sion] knows what she’s doing…She is a gifted writer with all the right storytelling skills.”
Clint McCown, award-winning fiction writer, screenwriter, and journalist

“I believe Sion herself is a writer with a gorgeous and shimmering destination: to do and to finish luminous work.”
Ellen Lesser, fiction writer and celebrated teacher

“Sion writes lyrical, descriptive prose which is extremely evocative and sensual. Her narrative flows through the scenes as they unfold, and when the fiction ‘sings,’ it is an effective convergence of all the necessary elements of successful storytelling…As a critical writer, Sion is excellent – articulate, thoughtful, analytical, elegant.”
Xu Xi, author of ten books of fiction and essays