Sarah Richards Graba

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 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.

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, with distinction (CU-Boulder)


Research/Creative Activity

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)

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

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
  • Women Writers
  • Social and Multicultural Foundations

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

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.

  		Richards Graba