Sarah Jefferis is an author, editor, and mentor based in Ithaca, New York. Her writing consultant business, Write Now, offers writing workshops, copyediting, and public speaking services to writers.
Sarah's new book of poetry, What Enters the Mouth Will Not Defile Her, is forthcoming from Standing Stone Books in 2017. Her first poetry book, Forgetting the Salt was published by Foothills Press in 2008. She won the Bea Gonzalez poetry prize for her poem, “Motherhood.” Her poems and nonfiction have appeared in Rhino, The Mississippi Review, The American Literary Review, Stone Canoe, Icon, The Hollins Critic, The Patterson Review, Icarus, The Healing Muse and other journals. Her essay, entitled, “Blood and Chocolate,” appears in an anthology entitled Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today's Best Women Writers, published by Farrar Straus and Giroux in 2014. She has been both a poetry fellow and fiction fellow at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Center in California. She holds an M.A. from Hollins University, an M.F.A. (Poetry) from Cornell University and a PhD (Memoir) from SUNY Binghamton. She is working on completing her first novel, entitled Running After Jesus, and a collection of essays on grief. Currently she lives in Ithaca, NY with her two daughters.
Listen to the podcast, "Maternally Yours: Labor Day - True Birth Stories by Today's Best Women Writers," including an interview with Sarah.