Sarah Menkedick

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About Sarah Menkedick: Sarah Menkedick's writing has been featured in Harper's, Pacific Standard, Oxford American, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Pittsburgh, and she was a 2015-2016 Fulbright fellow in Mexico. Sarah is the founder of Vela, an online magazine of nonfiction writing by women. She currently lives in rural Ohio.

For more about Sarah Menkedick, visit her website or follow her on Twitter.



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HOMING INSTINCTS: EARLY MOTHERHOOD ON A MIDWESTERN FARM (2017): After teaching English to recalcitrant teenagers on Reunion Island, picking grapes in France, and witnessing a revolution in Mexico, Sarah Menkedick, at 31, embarks on what might become her most challenging adventure yet: she moves into a tiny 19th-century cabin on her family's farm in Ohio, and prepares to become a mother.

She never expected to want this kind of settled life, and yet she finds a new peace and inspiration in the surrounding natural world as she and her husband, Jorge, prepare for the exciting unknown. Menkedick juxtaposes the progress of her pregnancy and the larger questions it inspires with recollections of her family history; being raised by a single and unapologetically hippie father; her paternal grandmother, Millie, whose Midwestern German fortitude informed the character of the next two generations; and her husband Jorge's loving but difficult childhood in Oaxaca, Mexico. All together, it becomes a luminous portrait of the time just before and after new motherhood.

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