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 Morning/Mourning (Le Petit Press), Panthalassa Pamphlets: Cities and Borders (Tattered Press), Bombay Gin, Semicolon, and The CU Honors Journal. She has book reviews and critical work published in Bombay Gin, Something on Paper, and the Woodland Pattern blog. She has been on numerous publishing projects involving both digital design and letterpress.
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.
Undergraduate Honors Thesis: "Pensfield" (an original novella)
Sarah Richards Graba reads regularly throughout the Boulder and Denver writing community at various events. Follow her on Twitter for the most updated activity: @sarolee17
Depending on the student and the project:
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.