Current Writing Fellow 2022-2023 – Sarah Courteau
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The winning story:
“After the Storm” stood out from the very opening line, a gorgeous metaphor, but then instantly we were in a scene which had history and future, had momentous action and yet everything was quiet. We laughed out loud at the truth of the dialogue–you know how you burst out laughing in recognition? That. The dialogue will stick in your head, as will the images, because the story is hard and deep. What is it about? A couple taking a walk. But also? New life, death, mercy, horror, love, partnership, nature. All of that in under 600 words. We look forward to hearing more from Sarah Courteau this coming year!
Sarah Courteau was born in the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. One of nine children, she was raised for much of her childhood on a farm that lacked indoor plumbing and, for a period, electricity and a telephone. Among her earliest memories is watching the twitching ears on a team of horses that pulled a covered wagon her parents built to travel from Arkansas to Nebraska. She attended Yale University and earned an MFA in Nonfiction Writing at the University of Iowa. For several years she was the literary editor of the Wilson Quarterly. She lives in the Bronx with her husband and daughter.
Sarah’s fiction, essays, and book reviews have appeared in The Oxford American, Witness, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Belmont Story Review, and other publications. She has received generous support from the Elizabeth George Foundation and Wildacres, participated in the Yale Writers’ Workshop, and is the 2023 Pen Parentis Writing Fellow. Currently, she is at work on a novel. Her website is sarahcourteau.com.