Sarah Menkedick’s Ordinary Insanity: Fear and the Silent Crisis of Motherhood in America is forthcoming from Pantheon in 2020. It explores the scientific, psychological, historical, and spiritual roots of a silent epidemic of anxiety among American mothers. Sarah’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.
Sarah's writing has been featured in Harper's, Pacific Standard, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Kenyon Review, Oxford American, The Guardian, The Paris Review Daily, Aeon, Guernica, Buzzfeed, Amazon's Kindle Singles, and elsewhere. She writes a column for Longreads on the craft of nonfiction. Her essay "Homing Instincts" was selected as notable in The Best American Essays 2014, her essay "Living on the Hyphen" was selected as notable in The Best American Essays 2015, and her essay “The Making of a Mexican American Dream” was selected as notable in The Best American Essays 2017. She was a 2015-2016 Fulbright fellow in Oaxaca, Mexico. She is a 2019 Creative Nonfiction Writing Fellow.
Sarah holds a B.A. in History of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.F.A. in nonfiction from the University of Pittsburgh, where she taught nonfiction writing. She speaks fluent French and Spanish.