Sunisa Manning


if we can liken life, for a moment, to a furnace, then freedom is the fire which burns away illusion.

- James Baldwin



Sunisa Manning's fiction and essays have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus, Atlas and Alice and elsewhere. She’s been a writer in residence at Hedgebrook on Whidbey Island WA, and The Hambidge Center in Georgia.

From 2015-16 she was an Affiliate Artist at Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin County, and will be a Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State in 2017-18.

Half American and half Thai, Sunisa has lived in Thailand, Ireland and Australia. She is a graduate of Bangkok Patana School, a British International School in Bangkok, did her undergraduate degree in English Literature at Brown University, and earned an MFA in Fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

She currently lives in Berkeley, California where she teaches at Berkeley City College and is finishing her first novel.

Sunisa is represented by Brettne Bloom at The Book Group.