Stephen Sossaman is a writer, speaker, teacher, and teacher-trainer. He is Professor Emeritus of English on the faculty of Westfield State University in Massachusetts, where he taught creative writing and literature for many years.

He retired early to spend more time writing. After time in Charlottesville, San Francisco, and New York City, he lived in Napa, California, where he was appointed to the Napa County Arts and Culture Advisory Committee, and was a judge for three years in Napa’s Poets Out Loud competition. Then a year in West Hollywood. He now lives in Burbank, California.

Recent news

Punk Noir published my flash fiction “Why Slagfield, Texas, Gave Up Football.” My story “How I Found Melvin” was anthologized in Intangience: The Lighter Side of Weird. An epigram, “Writing Workshop Guru,” was published in Teach. Write.

My ghazal “Postcards from Charlottesville” has been published by The River (Stony River Review).

A chapter from my novel in manuscript, Chanser Rules, was published in the fall 2022 issue of As You Were: The Military Review.

Fabula Argentea Magazine, edited by Rick Taubold, published another short story from Chanser Rules in its October 2022 issue.

Two flash fictions have been published by The Parliament Literary Journal in their fall 2022 issue, edited by Nicole Gonzalez. “Chasing Lamborghinis” and “You’re Next.”

An excerpt from my novel-in-progress, The Californios, appeared as a short story in El Portal’s spring 2022 issue.

“Daylight in Autumn,” a poem, was published in As You Were in their fall 2022 issue.

Vietnam Veterans Against the War published my “Peace-marching in Viet Nam in 1993,” in their fall 2022 issue of The Veteran .

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