Sarah Saffian

Brooklyn, NY, USA

SARAH SAFFIAN is an author, a journalist, and a teacher. Ithaka, her memoir of being an adoptee who was found by her birth family, was widely and favorably reviewed—by The New York Times, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, Slate, Francine Prose for Elle, others—was translated into Italian, and is over a decade in print. Sarah teaches memoir at The Iowa Summer Writing Festival and Sarah Lawrence, and works individually as a writing coach. Previously, she has worked as the Editorial Director of She Writes, a Senior Editor for Entertainment Weekly, a Senior Writer for Us, and a Staff Writer for The New York Daily News, and has contributed to publications such as The New York Times, Smithsonian, Yoga Journal, The Village Voice, The San Francisco Chronicle, Redbook, and Slate. Sarah has served as an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University and The New School, where she was nominated for the university’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and she has also created a course about identity for Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Sarah has appeared extensively on television and radio and at live events around the country, including Leonard Lopate, The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, The Modern Language Association, and The New York Public Library, and co-hosting with NPR’s Ray Suarez a pilot for a PBS talk show about books, called Latest Word. Sarah is a member of PEN American Center and has been a writer-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She graduated with Honors in English and American Literature from Brown, and received an M.F.A. in Non-Fiction Writing from Columbia, where she was a Merit Scholar.