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Sarah Smarsh      

Journalist & Author of "Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard & Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth"

Sarah Smarsh is a journalist and nonfiction author. She has reported on socioeconomic class, politics and public policy for The Guardian, The New York Times, The New Yorker and Harper's online, VQR, Pacific Standard, Longreads, Guernica, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, and many others. A recent Joan Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Smarsh is a frequent speaker and commentator on economic inequality.

Her book on the American working poor and her upbringing in rural Kansas, HEARTLAND: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth was longlisted for the National Book Award for nonfiction in 2018.

Smarsh's essays appear in Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation and Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living. Smarsh has filed more than a thousand news stories and her essays and criticism on cultural boundaries have been published by The Cut, The Texas Observer, Creative Nonfiction, McSweeney's, The Baffler, The Morning News and more.


Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: PW Talks with Sarah Smarsh

Smarsh writes about growing up in a family of working-class farmers in Kansas during the 1980s and '90s in 'Heartland' (Scribner, Sept.).

She Grew Up Poor on a Kansas Farm. Her Memoir Is an Attempt to ...

In “Heartland,” Sarah Smarsh offers a cleareyed account of hardscrabble life on the Great Plains — a pattern that in her family goes back generations.

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