<iframe src="//www.googletagmanager.com/ns.html?id=GTM-NP2ZK8" height="0" width="0" style="display:none;visibility:hidden"></iframe> Sarah Richards Graba

Sarah Richards Graba


Curriculum Diversity Consultant
Adjunct Faculty


MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics - Adjunct Faculty


MFA in Writing and Poetics, Naropa University
BA in English with Creative Writing emphasis, University of Colorado-Boulder

A Colorado native, Sarah Richards Graba has been living, writing, and teaching in the Boulder area all her life; despite falling in love with many locales while traveling, she never plans on living anywhere than under the shade of the Rockies. After graduating from CU-Boulder, she spent five years teaching language arts, creative writing, and journalism to high school students. Now an alumna of the Jack Kerouac School, she is currently investigating a poetics of identity through hybridity, memoir/anti-memoir, territory, and body writing.

Her creative work has been published in Bombay Gin (2016), Semicolon (2013), and The CU Honors Journal (2004, 2005, 2006). She has book reviews published in Bombay Gin (2013) and Something on Paper (2013), with two forthcoming from Woodland Pattern. She has been on numerous publishing projects, most recently as an editor for Semicolon (a Naropa student literary journal) and for the Summer Writing Program literary magazine. She currently teaches writing, research, and pedagogy at Naropa University, and works in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion offering training and consulting for faculty

From the Heart

What I love most about teaching at Naropa are the students. Their willingness to try things, risk, fail. Their bravery in being and manifesting their full selves. The ability to hold. To not look away. To not bunker. As a teacher, I could not ask for anything more from my students.


  • Reader in the Front Range 4x4 Reading Series
  • Graduated summa cum laude (CU-Boulder)
  • Graduated with distinction (CU-Boulder)
  • Dean's List (8 semesters / 4 years; CU)
  • Dean's Scholar Award (CU)
  • Diversity Award (CU faculty nominated award)
  • CU-LEAD Alliance scholarship (8 semesters / 4 years)
  • Adviser of student newspaper and yearbook, which have won several first, second, and third place awards at the Colorado High School Press Association (CHSPA) Journalism Excellence Awards

Recent Publications

  • "Janice Lobo Sapigao: toxic city," book review, Woodland Pattern, 2016
  • "Timothy Yu: 100 Chinese Silences," book review, Woodland Pattern, 2016
  • "Buried/Flood," hybrid multimedia text, Bombay Gin, 2016
  • "Mirrors, Allowance, and Movement [Parts 1-4]," essay series, Tract/Trace: An Investigative Journal, 2013-2014
  • "Different Water," poem, Jack Kerouac School Weekly Soundcast, 2014
  • "Brandon Shimoda: O Bon," book review, Something on Paper, 2013
  • "Migration," prose poem/hybrid work, Semicolon: The Riddles We Talked In, 2013
  • "Landscape I: The Winter Garden," poem, Phylogeny, Jack Kerouac School Summer Writing Program Literary Magazine, 2013
  • "Laura Walker: Follow--Haswed," book review, Bombay Gin, 2013.
  • "Miyeok Guk (Seaweed Soup)," film poem, Jack Kerouac School Blog, 30/30 Poetic Vision, 2013, online
  • "Splintered," fiction, Semicolon: Heart-Lip Spider, 2013
  • "At the River Mouth," poem, Erasure, Jack Kerouac School Summer Writing Program Literary Magazine, 2012

Research/Creative Activity Summary

Master's Thesis: Critical Research Paper: "Tongue as Territory: Linguistic Borderlands and Dislocation in the works of Anzaldúa, Alexander, Cha, and Lee"

  • Creative Manuscript: "Biography of a Ghost" (a hybrid text; poetry, fiction, memoir/anti-memoir)

Adviser: Professor Bhanu Kapil

Undergraduate Honors Thesis: "Pensfield" (an original novella)

  • Explored concepts of memory and perception through metafictional, deconstructionist, and postmodernist structures/techniques.
  • Awarded summa cum laude honors

Adviser: Professor Elisabeth Sheffield


  • 2015 - read/performed with Boulder Poetry Tribe at Jaipur Literature Festival at Boulder
  • 2014, 2015 - read at AWP for the Jack Kerouac School community readings
  • 2014 - co-presented a panel on the polysemous self and language at the University of Montana's Race and Creative Writing Conference
  • 2013 - reader in the Front Range 4x4 Reading Series
  • 2013 - presenter of "Deep Listening in the Writing Center," incorporating a contemplative practice of deep listening with writing center consulting techniques
  • 2013 - co-edited the annual Summer Writing Program Literary Magazine, Phylogeny
  • 2012 - co-published the art book Words that Begin with the Word THE, a collaborative, letterpressed art book based on a work from Laurie Anderson
  • 2007-11 - advised high school student journalism publications
  • 2005-06 - poetry editor for the CU Honors Journal
  • 2002-06 - editor for MASP Creative Writing Journal

Courses Taught

  • Writing Seminar I: The Art of the Engaged Writer
  • Writing Seminar II: The Art of the Scholar
  • Writing Pedagogy Seminar
  • MFA Critical Thesis

What book do you find yourself regularly pressing into the hands of students?

Depending on the student and the project:

  • Borderlands/La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldúa
  • Zong! by M. NourbeSe Philip
  • Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Leonard Koren
  • Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom by bell hooks
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley
  • Dictee by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha

What's Next?

Current project: a poetic film exploring Shinto mythology, chado, Korean shamanism, colonization, healing, and intersections of racial and cultural identities, using both found and scripted images and sound. I'm working with musicians (two Naropa BA music students), actors, recording engineers, voice talent, herbalists, energy workers, and matcha enthusiasts I have met through Naropa. Hoping to have a rough cut done by the end of 2016.

  		Richards Graba