(c) Joanna Eldredge Morrissey

(c) Joanna Eldredge Morrissey

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Sara Zarr is the acclaimed author of six novels for young adults, plus a collaborative novel with Tara Altebrando. Her most recent work is Gem & Dixie, published by Balzer+Bray in April 2017. She’s a National Book Award finalist and two-time Utah Book Award winner. Her books have been variously named to annual best books lists of the American Library Association, Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, the Guardian, the International Reading Association, the New York Public Library and Los Angeles Public Library, and have been translated into many languages. In 2010, she served as a judge for the National Book Award. She has written essays, creative nonfiction, and short fiction for ImageHunger Mountain onlineResponse, and Relief Journal as well as for several anthologies, and has been a regular contributor to Image‘s daily Good Letters blog on faith, life, and culture. From 2012-2015, Sara also hosted and produced the This Creative Life podcast. In fall 2014, she received a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. From 2013-2015 she taught for Lesley University's Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program.

Her first book, Story of a Girl, was made into a 2017 television movie directed by Kyra Sedgwick. Raised in San Francisco, she currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband.