Full Time Faculty


Soma Frazier

Soma Frazier
Assistant Professor and Chair, English and the Humanities

Soma Mei Sheng Frazier is an award-winning author and seasoned educator with seventeen years’ experience in the fields of English and Literary Arts. Soma's fiction debut, Collateral Damage: A Triptych, earned acclaim from Nikki Giovanni, Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Antonya Nelson, Molly Giles and others – and was chosen as winner of the RopeWalk Press Editor's Fiction Chapbook Prize of 2013. In 2014, her work was adapted for the stage and performed by Seattle’s renowned Book-It Repertory Theatre.

Soma's writing has placed in literary competitions offered by Zoetrope, Glimmer Train, the Mississippi Review and many more, and been singled out by the storySouth Million Writers Awardauthors. Recent work, some nominated for the Pushcart Prize, appears in The Best of Kore Press, Glimmer Train (issue 89), ZYZZYVA(issue 101) and online at Carve Magazine, Eleven Eleven and Eclectica. Soma is currently completing a novel about the incendiary ecosystem of Oakland, California. 

Soma holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and a BA in Asian Studies from Pomona College. A founding committee member of the City of Oakland’s Youth Poet Laureate title, she has taught at institutions ranging from Oakland School for the Arts – whose literary journal, Enizagam, she overhauled and introduced to an international readership – to Holy Names University to Valhalla Correctional Facility. At Cogswell, she marries industry experience with academic rigor, advancing students’ individual and collective aims.