Reviews of Homing Instincts

"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.


Longform Podcast #242: Sarah Menkedick. Longform Podcast.

"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, awards, and recognition

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 2016, "Living on the Hyphen."

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

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

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


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


All photos by the brilliant Jorge Santiago.