Reading Outside of the Lines
Mythopoeic Award Winner
Sarah Avery is an escaped academic who taught way too many sections of freshman composition. After earning a doctorate in English with a dissertation on modernist poetry, she spent a few weeks driving around the Adirondacks blasting Tori Amos on the car stereo and asking herself, “What would happen if I stopped holding back?” The answer turned out to be a return to her first literary love, fantasy fiction. As a mildly entrepreneurial private tutor, she’s able to get almost all the best parts of teaching with almost none of the annoying parts.
She grew up as an army brat in Kentucky and Korea, Japan and Germany, with a long enough run in Maryland to think of the place as home. An initiate in the Blue Star tradition of Wicca, she has presented papers on Neo-Pagan concepts of sacred text at the American Academy of Religion and the Parliament of the World’s Religions.
Sarah married her high school sweetheart and lives in New Jersey with her husband and sons. She is the winner of the 2015 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature.