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Sarah Beth Childers

Assistant Professor

Address: Morrill 109E
Phone: 405-744-6226


MFA, West Virginia University


Areas of Interest & Expertise
  • Creative Nonfiction (lyric and narrative essays, memoir, linked essay collections, flash nonfiction, literary journalism)

Recent Courses Taught
  • Advanced Creative Nonfiction

  • Seminar in Creative Nonfiction: Hybrid Forms

  • Seminar in Creative Nonfiction: Integrating Research into Personal Essays, Journalism, and Memoir

  • Studies in Creative Nonfiction: Essay Collections

  • Craft and Forms of Prose: Flash Nonfiction

  • Writing the New Mexican Landscape

Selected Publications


  • Prodigals: A Sister's Memoir. Crux: The Georgia Series in Literary Nonfiction. University of Georgia Press, 2023.

  • Shake Terribly the EarthOhio University Press, 2013.

Journal Publications:

  • "Candy Crane." Sweet: A Literary Confection. Forthcoming.

  • "Checking." MiCRo. Publication of Cincinnati Review. 9 June 2021.

  • “A Haunting.” Shenandoah. vol. 70, no. 1, Fall 2020.

  • “What Happens When You Drown.” Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction. Issue 61, May 2019.

  • “An Infestation.” Colorado Review. Spring 2018.

  •  “Beagle in the Road.” Superstition Review, no. 20, Fall 2017.

  • "Grateful." Beautiful Things. 25 Sept. 2017.

  • "A Hobo Like Me." Quiddity. 10.1. 2017.

  • "Things Sad People Shouldn't Have."Pank 10.4. July-Aug. 2015.

  • "Chariot's a-Comin'." Gravel. May 2015.

  • "Portraits within Portraits." Guernica Daily. 30 April 2015.

  • "Ghost Siblings." Beside the Point. Fall 2014. 

  • "Ten Years Ago." Brevity. Winter 2014.

  • Shorn."Wigleaf: (Very) Short Fiction. 24 Sept. 2012.

  • "Dear Wigleaf: Under the Night Heron Tree." Wigleaf: (Very) Short Fiction. 24 Sept. 2012.

  • "Boat Stories: Three Generations." Tusculum Review 7 (2011): 175-184.

  • "Garbage-Bag Charity." SNReview 10.2 (Summer 2008).

  • "Red Ribbon." Paddlefish (2008): 18-21.

Anthology Publications:

  • "Lydia." Walking the Line: An Anthology of Parkinson's Writing. Ed. Susan Brennan, Hal Sirowitz, and Minter Krotzer. Vol. 2, Fall 2021 edition. Parkinson's Poetry. Online.

  • “Beaver Pond.”  Mountains Piled Upon Mountains: Appalachian Nature Writing in the Anthropocene. Ed. Jessica Corey. Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University Press, 2019.

  • "Ten Years Ago." Love and Profanity: A Collection of True, Tortured, Wild, Hilarious, Concise, and Intense Tales of Teenage Life. Ed. Nick Healy. North Mankato, MN: Switch Press, 2015: 128-131.

Craft Pieces:

  • “Welcoming Our Ghosts Inside.” Online craft feature, Shenandoah. 1 April 2021.

  • “Writing about Grief without Mentioning It.” Guest post, Superstition Review blog. 3 March 2018.

Textbook Chapter:

  • “A Memoirist Teaches Narrative.” Who Teaches Writing? Ed. Joshua Daniel. Oklahoma State University Libraries, 2021.

Honors & Offices
  • Nonfiction Editor, Cimarron Review

  • Wildacres Artist Residency, Little Switzerland, NC, September 2019.

  • Jentel Artist Residency, Banner, WY, June-July 2019.

  • Hargis Fellowship, Doel Reed Center for the Arts, Taos, NM. Oklahoma State University. June 2018.

  • Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship for creative writing at Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, 2009-2010.

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