Here’s a selection of some of my published work, writing honors/awards, and general miscellany that have some glancing connection to my writing. Links have been provided wherever possible. But, you know, some things do still exist only in print. More information about my writing work can also be found on my website,

Thanks for your interest!


“Sonya Chung on Race, Risk & Reinvention,” Electric Literature, 17 October 2016

“The Prismatic View: Talking Real Life and Fiction at the American Library in Paris,” Bloom, 17 July 2015

“Another Country: James Baldwin at ‘Home’ (and) Abroad,” Hunger Mountain, Dec 2012

“La magie noire du Père-Lachaise,” Courrier International, July 2012 (in French)

“Life Lessons in Pere Lachaise Cemetery,” Utne Reader, July/August 2012 (reprint)

“Life Lessons in Pere Lachaise Cemetery”, Numero Cinq, 5 January 2012

Foodspotting’s Paris Debut,” Girls’ Guide to Paris, 1 November 2011

“An Alien Feeling,” Numero Cinq, September 2011

Paris Guide: Insider Tips,” easyJet Holidays, July 2011

Hôtel des Académies et des Arts,” Girls’ Guide to Paris, 16 June 2011

“The Idiopath,” (short story) Strangers in Paris, May 2011
>>>(anthology also includes work by Alice Notley and John Berger)

“Author Interview: Janet Skeslien Charles,” Travel by the Books, December 2010

Paris Museums at Night,” Girls’ Guide to Paris, 7 October 2010

The Language of Love,” The Wall Street Journal, 12 June 2010

Frolic for Free in Paris’ Nineteenth,” Ever the Nomad, 16 April 2010

Paris and her Remarkable Women,” No Country for Young Women, 3 February 2010

How a ‘Public Option’ Gave Me Peace of Mind,” The Chapel Hill News, 23 Sept 09

The French Strike Again: Toxic Tempers and Eco Terrorism,” EcoHearth, 4 Sept 09
>>>(voted one of the best pieces of 2009 by EcoHearth readers and staff!)

The Beaches of Paris and the Sustainable ‘Staycation,’” EcoHearth, 6 Aug 09

“U.S. Presidential Primary (in Paris!)” Paris Update, 23 Jan 08


“Kerouac’s House and the End of Doubt,” The Rumpus, August 2014

“In the House,” The Writer, August 2014

“Negative Space,” Have a NYC 2, Three Rooms Press, May 2013

“Quarter of Four,” Seek It: Writers and Artists Do Sleep, Red Claw Press, November 2012

“Anything but Oatmeal,” Lunch Ticket, June 2012

“The Clean Break,” Six Sentences (Volume 3), April 2010

“From Ireland, With Love,” Today in English, March 2010

Budapest: Marching to a Green Drummer,”, 1 Oct 09

The Green ABCs: A Sustainable Back-to-School-Guide,” EcoHearth, 19 Aug 09

Rock the Planet,” EcoHearth, 18 Aug 09

“Presidents of the United States from North Carolina,” Encyclopedia of North Carolina History, UNC-CH Press, 2007

“New Blues Triad,” Sounds of This House, National Book Foundation anthology, 2007

“Feeling Mexico,” The Binnacle, 2007
>>>(Honorable Mention!)

Soused,” BITEMagzine, Winter 2006

“Student Action with Farmworkers,” Youth Activism: An International Encyclopedia, Greenwood Press, 2005

“Best Jazz Concert Series in a Private Residence,” “Best Summer 2-For-1 Deal in the Dark,” and “Best Thrift Store Operated by an Intentional Community,” Village Voice, “Best of New York Issue 2004”, 6 Oct 04

“Melt (In the Shadow of Skyscrapers),” Inkburns, 2003


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

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

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

Shortlisted, Paris Short Story Contest, 2011

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

Grant Winner, Fiction, Barbara Deming Award/Money for Women Fund, 2007

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

Honorable Mention, Fiction, UNO Writing Contest, 2005


Content Writer, Expedia, Paris, February 2008-October 2010

Program and Editorial Assistant, Social Science Research Council, New York City, 2004-2006


MFA, Writing, Vermont College of Fine Arts, 2011
>>>(voted #1 low-residency MFA program by Poets & Writers)

Certificate in Digital Journalism, Mediabistro, 2011

BA, Sociology/Anthropology, Guilford College, 2001
>>>High Honors, Senior Excellence Award, and Full 4-year scholarship


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Sion Dayson is paris (im)perfect. Writer, dreamer, I moved to France on – no exaggerating – a romantic whim. As you can imagine, a lot can go wrong (and very right!) with such a (non)plan. These are the (im)perfect stories that result.

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