August 29, 2011

Paula Sophia Schonauer is a twenty year veteran with the Oklahoma City Police Department, the agency’s first openly transgender officer. She’s a graduate from the MFA in Creative Writing program at the University of Central Oklahoma where she studied the art of fiction writing. Her work has appeared in various online and print publications including: The Molotov Cocktail, The Bicycle Review, The Red Fez, and The Cynic Online. 

Last year, she published a short story “Hystericus” with Etopia Press, which is available for download,, and Barnes and Noble, and other e-readers.

Recently, Etopia Press published her first novel, “Shadowboxer,” available in print and electronically through, Barnes and Noble and All Romance Ebooks.

“Shadowboxer” explores closeted identities, the consequences of bullying, and the explosive release of a suppressed personal truth.

In addition to writing fiction, Paula has been a columnist with the Gayly Oklahoman, a contributor to Our Big Gayborhood, and a slam poet competing on the national stage at the National Poetry Slam. When not writing or enforcing the law, Paula can be found searching for Zen on the back roads of Oklahoma, finding balance on her motorcycle.



  • Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Motorcycle Riding
  • Matters of spirit

Favorite Movies

  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  • Short Bus
  • Cabaret
  • Blackhawk Down
  • Billy Elliot
  • The Apostle
  • The Color Purple
  • The Warriors

Favorite Music

  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Green Day
  • Warren Zevon
  • k.d. lang
  • Violent Femmes
  • PJ Harvey
  • Steff Mahan

Favorite Books

  • Tim O’Brien
  • Louise Erdrich
  • Sherman Alexie
  • John Steinbeck
  • Jack Kerouac
  • Charles Bukowski
  • Mary Gaitskill

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