Sarah Menkedick is the founding editor of Vela. She is a writer, editor, traveler, and new mama who divides her time between southeastern Ohio and southern Mexico.
Her work has been featured in Harper’s, Oxford American, The Paris Review Daily, Guernica, Amazon’s Kindle Singles, The Best Women’s Travel Writing, The New Inquiry, and elsewhere. Her story “The Rider’s Prayer” was a finalist for The Atavist’s Digital Storymakers Award. 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 is a 2015-2016 Fulbright fellow in Mexico.
Sarah holds an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh, where she taught creative writing. Before returning to the U.S. for graduate school, she spent six years living, teaching, and traveling abroad. Contact her at sarah(at)velamag.com.