Biography

You can see the planet Venus with the naked eye in the middle of the day. When you know exactly where to look, it pops out of the blue sky like a star waiting for you to notice it. Writing for me is a chance to point out the miraculous in the everyday.

I am a writer in rural southeastern Connecticut. I grew up in this area and then graduated from Colby College with a degree in English and a concentration in creative writing. I moved to Maryland and began teaching in Baltimore City Public Schools. While teaching full time, I also earned my Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) at Johns Hopkins.

I moved back to Connecticut to teach in a high-performing charter school in New Haven. Helping my students develop as writers inspired me to push my own craft to the next level. At the end of the school year in 2009, I became a parent.

My highly demanding teaching career being incompatible with my vision for parenting, I decided to focus instead on my writing. I write short stories and have completed multiple novel-length projects. I predominately write literary fiction, and I read as widely as I can. I have had short stories published in The Broadkill Review and The First Line.

Oh, and I also like to run marathons. I’m not fast, but I am tenacious.

Email me: sarah(at)starrmurphy(dot)com

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