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Sarah K. Lenz

Author. Essayist. Educator.

About Sarah K. Lenz

Sarah K. Lenz writes memoir. Her work is often inspired by her childhood in rural Nebraska, and her close brushes with death. Her first book, a  collection of narrative essays, entitled What Will Outlast Me? is forthcoming from Unsolicited Press, Summer 2023.  What Will Outlast Me? is about the starling moments when the reality of mortality becomes clear, which includes a cancer diagnosis, a police shooting, and a neighbor’s housefire among other events. Sarah’s writing uncovers the sublime beauty and redemption in tragic events and asks what it means to leave a legacy after you're gone. Get a sneak peak of the first chapter, "Driving the Section Line," here. 

Sarah holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Georgia College and State University, an MA in literature from Boise State University, and a BFA in fiction writing from the University of Nebraska, Omaha. She's the founder of the Writers’ Studio in Corpus Christi, a community based literary arts organization. Sarah also serves as the prose editor for the Switchgrass Review. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas, where she now lives with her husband, son, and three cats.

We took in the expanse of fields full of cattle, all the land that used to be his. It was a geographical center. Point your finger at the middle of Nebraska on a map; you’ll land on it. It was my father’s center, too. As if by gravity or some other invisible force, he was pulled there now, even decades later.

-from What Will Outlast Me?


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