Sarah Cheshire

Sarah Cheshire



  • MFA, Creative Writing, The University of Alabama, 2020
  • BA, Creative Writing and Gender Studies, Oberlin College, 2014


Sarah Cheshire graduated from the University of Alabama’s Creative Writing MFA program in 2020. She also holds a BA from Oberlin College, where she double majored in Creative Writing and Gender Studies. She is the author of an award-winning chapbook, “Unravelings,” (Etchings Press, 2017), and has had essays, poems, and reviews published in The Rumpus, Creative Nonfiction, Scalawag Magazine, River Teeth, Brevity, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts. In addition to receiving the AWP’s Kurt Brown Prize for Creative Nonfiction, she was finalist for the 2018 Disquiet Literary Award, and was longlisted for the Spring 2017 American Shorter Fiction prize. Sarah is particularly passionate about using the arts as a tool of community building. In addition to her role as an instructor, she is involved in myriad creative collaborations, including curating a local art gallery, playing banjo with the Tuscaloosa Old Time Music Ensemble, and selling wearable art made from found text at Kentuck Saturday Art Markets. In addition to teaching writing and literature courses in UA’s English Department, she has also taught courses in New College, the UA Honors College, and at Donaldson Maximum Security Men’s Prison.

Selected Publications

Unravelings. Indianapolis, IN: Etchings Press; University of Indianapolis. 2017. Print.
White Noise. In Lee Gutkind & BethAnn Fennelly’s “Southern Sin: True Stories of the Sultry South and Women Behaving Badly.” InFact Books: Creative Nonfiction.
Ain’t Coming Back Again. Scalawag Magazine. 2017.
Returning to the Wreck. The Rumpus:. June 2022. Web.
Trial of the Hippocampus. Heavy Feather Review. December 2018.