She is the co-founder and Program Coordinator of Words Without Walls, which brings creative writing classes to jails, prisons and rehabilitation centers in Pittsburgh, PA. With Sheryl St. Germain, she co-edited the literary anthology Words without Walls: Writers on Addiction, Violence & Incarceration, published by Trinity University Press in spring of 2015.
Sarah Shotland is the author of the novel Junkette, and a playwright whose work has been performed in professional theaters around the world. Her most recent play, Cereus Moonlight, was commissioned by miR Theater. After opening on the Space Coast of Florida, it played at the 25th annual Rhino Fest in Chicago.
Sarah is a 2018 Equal Justice Resident at the Santa Fe Art Institute and the winner of the Proximity Personal Essay Prize, judged by Paul Lisicky. In Santa Fe, she's working on a collection of essays about working in prison and a collection of short stories reimagining the lives of saints in a modern context.
She is Assistant Professor of English at Chatham University, where she teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing program.