Center for Applied Liberal Arts
- BA, Stanford University
- MA, Temple University
Sonja Ryst worked on staff as a personal finance reporter at BusinessWeek.com (now Bloomberg Businessweek.) She has published articles in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal, as well as other publications.
Ryst won a merit-based, full-tuition waiver and annual stipend to pursue her M.A. in Creative Writing at Temple University, where she had the opportunity to receive mentoring from Samuel R. Delany on her science fiction novel. During this time, Ryst also taught essay and fiction writing to undergraduates at Temple. She later returned home to New York and taught academic writing courses to undergraduates at York College of the City University of New York.