Sarah Michael Hollenbeck is a Chicago-based writer and editor, whose essays have appeared in Triquarterly and the CAF Review among other literary journals and blogs. Her essay "A Goldmine" won the Grand Prize in the 2013 Dogwood Literary Contest and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work grapples with sexuality, femininity, physical disability, and gaze--often exploring how we perceive ourselves, how we are perceived by others, and the tender space in between.
The week after receiving her MFA in creative writing from Northwestern University, Sarah moved to a new apartment. While packing, she ran out of bubble wrap, then newspaper, then all other packing materials. Sarah wrapped her remaining dishes in an extra copy of her 140-page Master's thesis. Although most of the thesis-wrapped dishes broke, Sarah vows to continue putting her writing to practical use.