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Sue is the award-winning author of three memoirs, two poetry collections, and a craft book on writing. She teaches writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, a low-residency program. She is also a professional speaker.


Sue's mottos: "Everyone has (at least) one story to tell! And the job of a writer is not to make people feel comfortable; the job of a writer is to tell one's truth."



Many thanks to The Bellingham Review for the lovely and deeply considered review of my poetry collection, If the Girl Never Learns. To read the review, please click on the book title on the right-hand column.



"If the Girl Never Learns, she is never going to learn the hard way! She goes down swinging. And singing. Silverman has given us poems of both heart-stopping descent and dissent. Like some granddaughter of 'Lady Lazarus,' this ruthlessly crafted collection—as sharp and shiny in its sounds, propulsive rhythms, and wordplay as a blade—knows how to perform. It holds its dazzled reader spellbound."  —Kathleen Graber, author of The Eternal City, National Book Award Finalist



Sue with Rich Fahle, Executive Producer, of "PBS Books."




Sue's newest book is a poetry collection, If the Girl Never Learns, from Brick Mantel Books.

The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew is a finalist in “Foreword Reviews’ IndieFab Book of the Year Award” in the category of the essay. The book was also listed as one of "25 Great Books You Might Have Missed in 2014" by -- as #2.

Love Sick: One Woman's Journey through Sexual Addiction was favorably reviewed in the Oprah magazine, Elle, Kirkus, and others. The memoir was also made into a Lifetime Television Original Movie.

Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You, won the Association of Writers and Writing Programs award in creative nonfiction

Fearless Confessions: A Writer's Guide to Memoir is for beginning and experienced writers alike, and is a road map for writing life stories. It is a step-by-step guide to shaping memory into art, to turning imagery into metaphor – all the elements needed to craft raw experience into a fully formed story. Poets & Writers named Fearless Confessions one of the "essential books for writers."

Hieroglyphics in Neon is a collection of poetry, published by Orchises Press.

To order my books, please click on the book jacket image on the left. For more information about my books, please click on the titles on the right-hand column.


"Beautiful, rocketing prose." The Tallahassee Democrat

"Compelling.... Silverman explores the psychology of addiction on a deeply personal level. Candid, emotionally raw...never sugarcoated...deeply moving." Booklist

“The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew is a series of riveting essays about growing up Jewish in a Gentile world by the accomplished memoirist Silverman.... A masterly stylist continues her uncompromising examination of the inner life.” Kirkus Reviews

“Silverman’s language is, by turns, blunt, wrenching, sophisticated, lyrical, tender, hilarious. She writes with wicked dark humor, splendid intelligence, wry wit, and honest confrontation. There’s no other book quite like it.” Lee Martin, author of From Our House

“Although many of the topics and themes in these essays are somber and sincere, Silverman’s ever-present humor sets a self-deprecating tone. . ."

“Silverman’s writing is very alive. As a reader you feel immersed in her world, not just seeing it but feeling, tasting and smelling it.” The New Book Review

“Silverman is the Tennessee Williams of memoir.” Robert Vivian, author of The Least Cricket of Evening

"Love Sick provides an honest and deeply chilling account of what it's like to suffer from a compulsion to look for love in what are most definitely all the wrong places." Francine Prose, Elle

"A self-proclaimed addict looks unflinchingly at the source of her sickness and her road to recovery." O (the Oprah Magazine)

"In the existing literature on sexual addiction, this book stands alone: a woman's narrative of her own personal story. As self-help, Love Sick will resonate with not only those who suffer from sexual addiction, but also anyone whose compulsive behavior, whether with drugs, money, or food, threatens his or her emotional well-being. And as memoir, Silverman's account is an important literary accomplishment, one that will move anyone who reads it."

"Silverman's stark story of struggle and recovery, told without jargon or psychobabble, creates a wrenching portrait many women will relate to--a portrait of someone who is looking for love, but finds sex instead." Lifetime-TV

"Fearless Confessions is such a dynamic guide to memoir writing it has inspired me to completely refine and retool the memoir I’m working on. Sue William Silverman, a faculty advisor at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, is an amazing master of the language. Her prose is as enjoyable as it is instructive. This should be an essential textbook of any creative writing course. She gives examples of memoir pieces and analyzes each one, showing how they work, why they’re powerful, and even why some fail to impress." 15-Minutes Magazine

"Silverman's lyric style transforms a ravaged childhood into a work of art. The book reads like a poem." St. Petersburg Times

"A rough emotional ride, but it is well worth it." Ms. Magazine

"Profoundly moving in its portrait of a child's fear, confusion, and desperate search for a safe place." Kirkus Review

“I want to recommend…Sue William Silverman's lively memoir as essays, 'The Pat Boone Fan Club.'” John Warner, Chicago Tribune, The Biblioracle: Savor Your Reading


I speak on such topics as sexual addiction, child abuse prevention, spirituality, and family dynamics. I deliver presentations at colleges and universities, professional conferences, and social service organizations. I also speak about the importance of writing your life story.

I have appeared on many national radio and television programs such as The View, Anderson Cooper-360, CNN-Headline News, the Discovery Channel, a John Stossel Special on ABC-TV, the Montel Williams Show, the Ricki Lake Show, the Morning Show with Mike and Juliet. She was also featured in an episode of "The Secret Lives of Women" on WE-TV.

I teach writing at the low-residency MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.


One book. Two books. Three. Why have I written three memoirs?

Even though each of my memoirs stands alone in and of itself, still, there are connections that make them almost a trilogy as I move from terror (incest), to edgy danger (addiction), to a deepening search for identity (both ironic and spiritual). On this path, there is also a movement from darkness to light -- from danger to humor – or, at least in this new book, The Pat Boone Fan Club, black humor! As these narratives flow one into the other, my life clarifies. I emerge from the journey more whole, more “me,” more aware, and less conflicted.

With Fearless Confessions: A Writer's Guide to Memoir, I share my experiences learning how to write, with the hope it'll help and encourage you to tell your story, too.

To order my books, please click on the book jacket image on the left. For more information about my books, please click on the titles on the right-hand column.