Sarah Reynolds Westin
Sarah tells true stories artfully, which catch people's attention and have resulted in her being featured internationally by The New York Times, BBC Radio 4, and Reader's Digest and by more local outlets, including Alaska Magazine (forthcoming), Cirque, Edible Alaska, FORUM, Alaska Business, and Alaska Women Speak. She studied under David Stevenson while earning her MFA in Creative Writing and Literary Arts from the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). Sarah has also earned an MA in English from UAA and a BA in Ancient Languages from OBU and has completed three years of graduate coursework in programs at Wake Forest University and within the College of Business and Psychology Departments at UAA. In total, Sarah's secured 34 publications, presented live storytelling 22 times, received nine professional artist awards (including from ADN/UAA Creative Writing Contest, Jason Wenger Award for Excellence, Alaska Writers Guild, and NYC Midnight), been appointed for two art residencies (with Alaska State Parks and Alaska's State Council on the Arts), and overseen two community art projects. She currently works at United Way of Anchorage as its Written Word Storyteller, has worked in communications for 15 years, and has taught as an adjunct professor in the English Department at UAA for four years. Sarah proudly shares that her first real adult decision was to move to Alaska, where she's remained for almost 20 years. When she's not writing or storytelling, you can find Sarah playing with her favorite person -- her 10-year-old child -- and their slew of pets, including a sled-dog rescue, two crazy cats, two feisty gerbils, and two frogs who just want to be left alone please.