Sunisa Manning


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

- James Baldwin

 Photo credit: Nan Phelps

Photo credit: Nan Phelps


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.

Sunisa is a current Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State, and will be a 2018 SF Writer's Grotto Fellow. From 2015-16 she was an Affiliate Artist at Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin County.

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, where she did the IB program. Sunisa earned her undergraduate degree in English Literature at Brown University and has 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.








Sunisa has a demonstrated commitment to working with young people. When she was an undergraduate at Brown University, she founded Women’s Launch Pad, a program that pairs rising senior women with Brown alumna. The relationship allows young women to talk about their transition from college to the workforce or higher education; to discuss work and life ambitions and how to balance them; and to develop relationships with women outside their initial network that encompass social and emotional wellbeing. WLP has worked with 1,500 mentees to date.

She was part of the founding team at a social enterprise in Australia that trains homeless young people in hospitality, giving them access to jobs. When Sunisa moved back to the States in 2012 she worked at Intersection for the Arts, the oldest arts nonprofit in the Bay Area, bridging between artists, developers, and San Francisco nonprofits working on housing and homelessness.

Her passion for working with young people to help them develop into their fullest potential continues in her role as an instructor in the English Department at Berkeley City College, where she teaches Critical Thinking and Literature to students from a range of ages and backgrounds. She also offers writing coaching and mentoring. To get in touch about that, please us the contact form on this website.