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 creative non-fiction appears in the New York Times,, Chicken Soup for the Soul,, and Bitch Magazine, among others. I sometimes teach community education courses at Verdant Health and Edmonds Community College, and with the publication of my debut memoir, The Shame of Losing, 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.

I live with my family in Edmonds, WA. With my partner we have a blended family of three teens, two dogs, and a cat. When there’s time, I edit books.

*Sarah recently changed her name "back" to Sarah Cannon. Bylines before summer 2017 are Sarah Kishpaugh.