Sarah (sleam) Leamy was a boring shy tomboy who suddenly left her English life and became a bit of a wanderer, street performer and writer. As a 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 her dogs. She finally settled in New Mexico in her late twenties although she’s still taking extended road trips when she can.
Sarah is the author of four award winning books, When No One’s Looking (Elequent Press), Lucky Shot (SBG), Lucky Find (Blue Mesa Books) and Van Life. Her next book, Hidden, a narrative persona poem, is coming out in March 2021 with Finishing Line Press. Other work is (or soon to be) in Los Angeles Review, Bunbury Review, Hunger Mountain, Santa Fe Project Quarterly, Devil’s Party Press, Dune Review, and Best Emerging Poets of NM amongst others. She has just finished working on a new hybrid memoir, Stay, with Lidia Yuknavitch. Her collection of short stories, Passing Through, is under consideration at a University Press.
Sarah is a PhD student at University of Birmingham, England, researching and writing about Ambiguity: Androgynous Narratives. She presents at various colleges and conferences on writing from a gender-queer perspective. She is passionate about sharing the importance, the craft, validation and loves these conversations about representing outsider experiences through storytelling.
Sarah is the founder and managing editor of http://www.wanderlust-journal.com.
She is also a freelance writer for Land Rover and travel magazines in the US and UK, in print and online. Sarah is on the editorial team for upstreet.
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, found on Hunger Mountain and Santa Fe Writer’s Project amongst others.
Passing Through, a collection of shorts, is set along the Continental Divide, and offers sketches of connection and disconnection, the tension between locals and newcomers in the Southwest. (Out with various publishers under review.)
New Mexico is home for her although she also has a deep connection with the Vermont Writing Community, VCFA and the Corporeal Writing Center in Portland, Oregon.
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Headshot/Featured Photo Credit: Eric Cousineau Fine Art Photography. c. 2019.