Sarah Shourd

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Sarah Shourd is a multi-media journalist and artist based in Oakland, California. Her work combines journalistic rigor with the tools of fiction to elevate marginalized voices and help audiences engage with information outside of their geographic, cultural, and online bubbles. Most recently, Shourd hosted a podcast, Of Two Minds, about divisiveness in America. Before that, she conducted a 3-year investigation into solitary confinement, interviewing over 75 prisoners across the US. Based on this investigation, Shourd wrote and produced a play, The Box, which premiered in San Francisco in 2016 to sold-out audiences. She also co-authored an anthology, Hell is a Very Small Place, comprised of the stories of incarcerated Americans she collected. Shourd has written for The New York Times, CNN, The Daily BeastSan Francisco Chronicle, Mother Jones, San Francisco Magazine, Salon, Huffington Post, and more. She also co-authored a book about her own imprisonment called A Sliver of Light: Three Americans in Iran, which was published by Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt in 2012. She is currently a John S. Knight Journalist Fellow at Stanford University, where she’s collaborating on a graphic novel. For more information please visit

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Friday, February 22, 2019