Sonya Vatomsky is a queer, non-binary Russian American who writes about art and death for publications like Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, New York Magazine, Atlas Obscura, Smithsonian Magazine, Mental Floss, and more. They are also a staff writer at alternative culture website Haute Macabre, where they cover everything from literature to fashion to dinnerware made out of human ashes.
Sonya’s debut poetry collection, Salt Is For Curing, was published in 2015 by Sator Press and received accolades from Dennis Cooper, Roxane Gay, and Ariana Reines; it is currently in its 5th printing. A chapbook, My Heart In Aspic, is available from Porkbelly Press.
Sonya was born in Moscow, Russia and lives in the Pacific Northwest with a musician, a cat, a mouse, and two leeches.