Sarah Menkedick is the founder of Vela. She is a writer, editor, runner, and perpetual traveler who always seems to wind up in Oaxaca, Mexico. She recently graduated from the MFA program at 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. She speaks fluent French and Spanish, and dreams of someday learning enough Mandarin to do more than order two beers and hot pot.
Her work has been published on Amazon’s Kindle Singles, World Hum, Perceptive Travel, The Common and a number of other online and print publications. Her story “The Revolution” was anthologized in The Best Women’s Travel Writing Volume 9 , and her story “The Rider’s Prayer” was a finalist for The Atavist’s Digital Storymakers Award. She was a summer 2011 intern at Harper’s and the 2012 winner of a Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant for a writer under 30. She is currently at work on a book of narrative nonfiction about return migration and the annual village fiestas in Oaxaca’s Sierra Norte. Contact her at SamMenked (at) gmail.com.