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Sarah Van Arsdale, MFA

Antioch University Los Angeles

Sarah Van Arsdale is the author of four books of fiction; her fifth book, The Catamount, a narrative poem illustrated with her watercolors, was published in May, 2017, by Nomadic Press. In 2016, her novella collection, In Case of Emergency, Break Glass, was published by Queen’s Ferry Press, and an excerpt of her novel-in-progress was a finalist in the 2016 Galtelli International Fiction Award. Her second novel, Blue, was chosen by Alan Cheuse for the 2002 Peter Taylor Prize, and her third, Grand Isle, was published in 2012 by SUNY Press. She will have an essay on atmosphere and setting in fiction in a forthcoming issue of the AWP Writer’s Chronicle, and her poetry, essays, short fiction and book reviews have appeared in literary magazines including Guernica, Passages North, The Poetry Miscellany, The Widener Review, and Episodic, New Millennium Writings, and The New Guard. In addition to teaching in the Antioch/LA low-residency MFA program, she teaches at New York University and with Art Workshop International in Assisi, Italy. From 2001 to 2009, with the New York Institute of Art and Design, she developed a course in creative writing, and wrote articles about art and interior design for Designer Monthly Magazine. She curates BLOOM, a reading series in New York City, and she serves on the board of the Ferro-Grumley Award in LGBTQ Fiction.

Educational History

MFA in Creative Writing, VCFA

Affiliate Faculty,

MFA in Creative Writing Program


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