2010, BA English, History, Political Science, Vanderbilt University

2013, MA English, Southern Illinois Univerity


A Midwestern transplant to North Carolina, Sarah has taken a circuitous route to Chapel Hill. After graduating from Vanderbilt with too many majors, she joined the Peace Corps as an Environmental Extension in Mali where she helped build women’s gardens, drank a lot of tea, and made friends with goats. She is currently working on an alternative dissertation that highlights fabric, cloth, and textiles in contemporary multi-ethnic literature. She’s creating an art installation from texts and textiles, exploring how memory, gender, kinship, and labor get lodged in warps and wefts. She lives in Hillsborough with her husband, a dog and two cats rescued from the North Carolina wilderness, and nine chickens who do their own thing. She’s the current Editor-in-Chief for The Carolina Quarterly, and spends a lot of her time telling campus stories through her work with UNC Visitors Center.


  • UNC Royster Fellow