Sally Shivnan is a senior lecturer and director of the Writing and Rhetoric Division, and teaches creative writing and other writing classes. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in journals including The Georgia Review, Antioch Review, Glimmer Train, and Rosebud, and her travel writing has been featured in The Washington Post, Miami Herald, The Nature Conservancy Magazine, Washingtonian, and many other publications and websites. Her travel essays have also appeared in the anthologies The Best American Travel Writing 2006 and Travelers' Tales Best Travel Writing 2005, and she was included in the listing of “Notable Travel Writing in 2007” in The Best American Travel Writing 2008.
In 2002 she won a Silver Rose Award for Excellence in the Art of the Short Story from the ART Foundation, and her work was featured in The Silver Rose Anthology. Other awards include a 2004 Book Passage Essay Contest prize,and a 2004 Maryland State Arts Council grant for fiction. In summer 2006 she was writer-in-residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and in summer 2008 she worked as a volunteer in the Florida state parks system in order to continue research in the Florida panhandle, the setting for the historical novel she is working on.
Shivnan earned her MFA in Fiction from George Mason University, where she received the Outstanding MFA/Fiction Student Award on graduating in 1999. She earned her BA in English with certification in Education from UMBC in 1995. Prior to pursuing her BA and MFA, she was a registered nurse who worked in critical care and later in telephone triage nursing.
Sally Shivnan is faculty advisor to the university's creative arts journal Bartleby. She is also faculty sponsor for the UMBC chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society.