Biography

Sarah Braunstein is the author of The Sweet Relief of Missing Children (W.W. Norton, 2011; paperback 2012; Italian translation from 66thand2nd, 2012). The novel was a finalist for the 2011 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and was the winner of the 2012 Maine Literary Award. In 2010 she was named one of “5 Under 35” fiction writers by the National Book Foundation, and she received a 2007 Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award.

Stories and essays have appeared in The New YorkerAGNI, Ploughshares, The Sun, Nylon Magazine, Maine Magazine, The New Guard, Green Mountains Review, Post Road, and on NPR’s All Things Considered. A play, String Theory: Three Greek Myths Woven Together (co-written by Michael Barakiva and Amy Boyce Holtcamp) was produced in New York City in 2009 and at Vassar College in 2010.

Sarah has taught at Harvard University Extension School & Summer School, Stanford University Online Writer’s Studio, and at Colby College. She is on the faculty of the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Bowdoin College. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, and holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and an MSW from Smith College School for Social Work.

She is based in Portland, Maine.