Maximiliano Schell

Sarah Blake

Fiction, Poetry, Science Fiction

Sarah Blake's novel Naamah, a retelling of Noah’s ark from the perspective of Noah’s wife, was published by Riverhead Books in 2019 and won the National Jewish Book Award for Debut Fiction. Her second novel, Clean Air, takes place after an unusual climate disaster. It was published by Algonquin Books in 2022 and later optioned to the Onyx Collective for television. She is also the author of the poetry collections In Springtime, Let’s Not Live on Earth, featuring the epic poem “The Starship,” and Mr. West, an unauthorized lyric biography of Kanye West, all from Wesleyan University Press. In 2013, she was awarded a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her poems and short stories have appeared in The Paris Review, Catapult, The Kenyon Review, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. Blake holds a BA from the College of New Jersey, an MA from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA from Penn State.

Festival Years: 2024