Sonya Collins is an independent journalist whose recent stories about public health, medicine and biomedical research have appeared in Yale Medicine magazine, Medicine@Yale, andprint and online publications served by the Georgia Public Health News Bureau. She has also contributed news stories, columns, features and travel pieces to local and regional publications in New York, Georgia, and Brazil. While earning an M.A. in Health & Medical Journalism at the University of Georgia, Sonya was a two-time science writing fellow at research conferences sponsored by the National Academies of Science and held in Irvine, CA.
Before becoming a journalist, Sonya earned an M.F.A. in creative writing at The New School, where she was a teaching fellow. She has also taught writing at Hunter College of the City University of New York, where she earned her B.A., and at the University of Georgia. During her teaching stint at UGA, she contributed an article on author Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) to the Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Fiction published in 2010.
Fluent in Portuguese, Sonya has translated literary and scholarly texts for publication. She lived in Brazil for two years, where she wrote a collection of essays about life on the island of Florianópolis.