Sarah Leamy was the boring little sister who suddenly left her English life and became the broke nomadic wanderer and writer. She finally settled in New Mexico in her late twenties although she’s still taking extended road trips when she can. As the socially awkward and insecure Brit abroad, she lived first in Europe and then crossed the States and into Guatemala, performing, writing and working odd jobs as she explored new countries alone or with Daisy, her slightly grumpy Border Collie.
Director’s Award, Vermont College of Fine Arts, 2017
Vermont Book Award Fellowship, 2017/8
Post-graduate Writers Conference Scholarship, VT, 2018
Writing by Writers Finalist for Residency Scholarship, 2018
Sarah Leamy is the author of three award winning novels, When No One’s Looking, Lucky Shot, and Lucky Find, as well of Van Life, a travelogue from exploring the Northwest with two dogs and a cat called Stephen. Lucky Shot (2012) and When No One’s Looking (2016) won Best Gay Fiction in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. Lucky Find was a finalist for the same award in 2014. Van Life won Best Non-fiction/ Grand Winner Award in the Great Northwest Book Contest of 2017.
Various essays have been in anthologies over the years, most recently for Ariel Gore’s collection, The People’s Apocalypse (2014). She also writes book reviews and interviews authors.
Sarah is currently working on Clean Up On Aisle Twenty Three, a collection of flash fiction and prose poems from life on the edges, bringing stories from the underbelly and counterculture of both Britain and America, quirky, messy, and often disturbingly told.
New Mexico is home for her although she lives and studies in Vermont for now.