Soma Mei Sheng Frazier

Associate Professor


329 Marano Campus Center

Office hours

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Soma Mei Sheng Frazier's writing has earned nods from numerous authors and entities, including HBO, Nikki Giovanni, Daniel Handler (AKA Lemony Snicket), Antonya Nelson, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Molly Giles, Michelle Tea and others. Her debut novel, Off the Books, is forthcoming from Henry Holt & Co. in 2024. Before turning to novels, Soma authored three award-winning prose chapbooks: Don’t Give Up on Alan Greenspan (CutBank Press), Salve (Black Lawrence Press), and Collateral Damage: A Triptych (Ropewalk Press). Her work has also been published in Story, Glimmer Train, ZYZZYVA, Mississippi Review, Carve Magazine, Eclectica Magazine, and Hyphen, among others. Her poetry and fiction have won numerous awards and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and one of her stories was named a Notable Story by the storySouth Million Writers Award authors.

Soma and her family relocated from California, where she lived the bulk of her life and was a San Francisco Library Laureate, to New York. In California, Soma helped build the literary arts department at Oakland School for the Arts and was a founding committee member of the City Of Oakland's inaugural Youth Poet Laureate title. She has taught at colleges, universities, and a correctional facility, and worked at KQED, a premier national public media source in the San Francisco Bay Area. At SUNY Oswego, Soma founded Subnivean—an internationally-known, student-run literary publication that was nominated by the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses as one of just four national 2021 Firecracker Award finalists in the category, “Magazines: Best Debut.” 


  • BA: Pomona College
  • MFA, Writing: Sarah Lawrence College

Classes taught

  • CRW 300 Living Writers Series (Fall 2023)
  • CRW 313 Digital Storytelling (Fall 2023)
  • CRW 206 Fiction Writing: Introductory (Spring 2024)
  • CRW 301 Screenwriting: Intermediate (Spring 2024)
  • CRW 395 Subnivean: Digital Literary Publishing (Spring 2024)