Reviews of Homing Instincts

Literary Mama, February 2018.

"A Year in Reading," Sarah Smarsh, The Millions.

Looking Back on the Best Books of 2017,” The Portland Mercury, December 2017.

"Six New Books Guaranteed to Renew Your Promise to Purpose," The New Territory, December 2017.

"Six More Notable Nonfiction Debuts," Poets & Writers, September/October 2017. 

"Meditations on maternal life," BookPage, May 2017.

"May Preview: The Millions Most Anticipated (This Month)," The Millions, May 2017.

New York Journal of Books, May 2017.

"To Be a Mother: 16 Books By, For, and About Mothers," Signature Reads, May 2017.

Booklist, April 2017.

Kirkus, March 2017.

Publishers Weekly, January 2017.

Reviews of other work

"The Making of a Mexican-American Dream" selected as #1 Longread of the week by Longreads, March 2017.

"Instagramming Motherhood." Katie O'Brien, review of "#motherhoodthroughinstagram," The Rumpus, February 2016.

"Write Like a Mother." Katie O'Brien, review of "Writing like a Motherf*cker," The Rumpus, August 2015.

"The Palpable, Yet 'Incomprehensible Expanse of Time': A Wilderness of Waiting." Excerpt of "A Wilderness of Waiting," Longreads, July 2015.

"Required Reading." Jeff Sharlet, review of "It's Not Personal," 40 Towns, July 2013.


Mother Maker: Sarah Menkedick.” Mother Maker Podcast. June 2018.

"Motherhood Without a Motherland." Uncivilize Podcast. November 2017.

Longform Podcast #242: Sarah Menkedick. Longform Podcast. April 2017.

"Travel Writers: Sarah Menkedick." Rolf Potts' Vagabonding. October 2015.

"Interview: Vela Magazine Founder Sarah Menkedick on Women Writers and Sustainable Publishing." Longreads. October 2014.

"Late Night Conversation: Sarah Menkedick." Late Night Library. July 2014.

"In Brooklyn, Creating Apps for the Do-It-Yourself Scene." The Wall Street Journal. June 2013.

"Creative Penning: Women Choosing To Write As Women Or Men." Forbes. June 2012. 

Grants and awards

Longlisted for PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, Homing Instincts: Early Motherhood on a Midwestern Farm, 2018.

Fulbright Fellow, Arts, Creative Writing, Project: "Living With Two Hearts: Return Migration in Mexico," 2015-2016.

Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership, Honors Convocation, University of Pittsburgh, February 2013.

Ohioana Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant for writers under 30, October 2012.

Phi Beta Kappa Inductee, Spring 2004. 

Zonta Award for Outstanding Young Women, Spring 2000.

Writing honors

Notable, The Best American Essays 2017, “The Making of a Mexican-American Dream.”

Notable, The Best American Essays 2016, "Living on the Hyphen."

Notable, The Best American Essays 2014, "Homing Instincts." 

Honorable Mention, The Cincinnati Review's Robert and Adele Schiff Awards for Poetry and Prose, "Open."

Finalist, The Atavist's Digital Storymakers Awards, "The Rider's Prayer," 2013. 

Solas Award for Best Travel Writing 2012, "The Revolution." 


“Immigration in the Middle.” Panel with Ted Genoways and Kari Lyderson at Between Coasts Forum in Newark, Ohio, 2018.

"How Far The Journey: Immediacy Versus Distance in Narrative Travel Writing." Panel with Rachel Friedman, David Farley, Colleen Kinder, and Rolf Potts at AWP 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.   


All photos by the brilliant Jorge Santiago.