Hello, I’m Sarah

Thanks for stopping by! Some facts about moi: I was born in Seattle and raised in Seattle’s north-end neighborhoods. I attended the University of Oregon for undergrad (GO DUCKS!) where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish.

Work, marriage and family came next - all the topics I’m obsessed with in my writing. A major turn of events occurred in my life in 2007, and I sought literary creative expression to learn about what was happening. I earned my MFA from Goddard College, where I later helped launch the Lighthouse Writers' Conference and Retreat in Port Townsend, WA. My non-fiction appears in the New York Times,, Chicken Soup for the Soul,, and Bitch Magazine, among others.

With the publication of my debut memoir, The Shame of Losing (Red Hen Press), I have presented at bookstores and conferences on the West Coast and offered workshops to undergrads and MFA candidates at my alma mater and at the University of Washington. Recent endeavors include judging the Los Angeles Review Literary Awards 2018 Creative Nonfiction Award. I also offer an online class called The Zen of Process with Creative Nonfiction magazine.

I live with my two teens and some animals in Edmonds, WA.

*Bylines before summer 2017 are Sarah Kishpaugh.