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Sarah Braunstein

Visiting Assistant Professor of English

Spring 2015

  • Advanced Fiction Workshop: The World in Prose (ENGL 2853)

Sarah Braunstein


  • B.A. (Mt. Holyoke)
  • M.S.W. (Smith)
  • M.F.A. (Iowa)

Sarah Braunstein is a fiction writer and essayist. Her first novel, The Sweet Relief of Missing Children (W.W. Norton), was a finalist for the 2011 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and won the 2012 Maine Literary Award.  In 2010 she was named one of “5 Under 35” fiction writers by the National Book Foundation, and she received a 2007 Rona Jaffee Writer’s Award.
Her stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, AGNI, Ploughshares, Nylon Magazine, Maine Magazine, Post Road, The Green Mountains Review, and on NPR’s All Things Considered. “Benedicta,” an essay published in The Sun, was recently adapted for the opera (by Milton Granger) and produced at Georgia State University. A play, String Theory: Three Greek Myths Woven Together (co-written by Michael Barakiva and Amy Boyce Holtcamp) was produced in New York City in 2009 and at Vassar College in 2010.
 She is on the faculty of the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine, and has taught at Colby College, Harvard University Extension and Summer Schools, and in the Stanford University Online Writer’s Studio.
She holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College, an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and an MSW from Smith College School for Social Work.

She is working on a new novel set, in part, on the Maine coast and islands.