Sarah Smarsh

Journalism, Memoir

Sarah Smarsh is an author, speaker, and journalist who focuses on socioeconomic class and rural America. Her book Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award, examines economic inequality through her upbringing among the working poor on a Kansas farm. Smarsh has reported on socioeconomic class for The Guardian, The New York TimesThe New Yorker, Harper’s, and many other publications. She has been a Fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy, and holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University.


Festival Years: 2020, 2021