Sarah Menkedick's debut essay collection, Homing Instincts: Early Motherhood on a Midwestern Farm (Pantheon, 2017), was longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Her second book, The Far Sea, forthcoming from Pantheon, explores the scientific, psychological, cultural, historic, and spiritual dimensions of a silent epidemic of fear and anxiety among mothers in the United States.
Sarah's writing has been featured or is forthcoming in Harper's, Pacific Standard, The Kenyon Review, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Oxford American, The Paris Review Daily, Aeon, Guernica, Buzzfeed, Amazon's Kindle Singles, and elsewhere. Her essay "Homing Instincts" was selected as notable in The Best American Essays 2014, and her essay "Living on the Hyphen" was selected as notable in The Best American Essays 2015. She was a 2015-2016 Fulbright fellow in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Sarah holds a B.A. in History of Science from the University of Wisconsin and an M.F.A. in nonfiction from the University of Pittsburgh, where she taught nonfiction writing. She is the founder of Vela, an online magazine of nonfiction writing by women.