Sarah Menkedick

Sarah Menkedick

Sarah Menkedick is the founding editor of Vela. Her second book, on motherhood and anxiety, is forthcoming from Pantheon. Her first book, Homing Instincts: Early Motherhood on a Midwestern Farm (Pantheon, 2017) was longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay.

Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in Harper’s, The Kenyon Review, Pacific StandardThe New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Oxford American, The Paris Review Daily, Guernica, Aeon, Buzzfeed, Amazon’s Kindle Singles, The Best Women’s Travel Writing and elsewhere. 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. Sarah holds an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh, where she taught creative writing. She was a 2015-2016 Fulbright fellow in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Contact her at sarah(at)

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