Sarah Beth Childers


Address: Morrill 109E
Phone: 405-744-6226

Assistant Professor
MFA, West Virginia University

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Creative Nonfiction (lyric and narrative essays, memoir, linked essay collections) and Fiction

Recent Upper Division & Graduate Courses Taught

  • Advanced Creative Nonfiction
  • Seminar in Creative Nonfiction: Integrating Research into Personal Essays, Journalism, and Memoir
  • Studies in Creative Nonfiction: Essay Collections
  • Craft and Forms of Prose: Flash Nonfiction
  • Writing the New Mexican Landscape

Selected Publications


Shake Terribly the EarthOhio University Press, 2013.

Journal Publications:

“A Haunting.” Shenandoah. Forthcoming

“What Happens When You Drown.” Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction. Issue 61, May 2019.

“An Infestation.” Colorado Review. Spring 2018.

 “Beagle in the Road.” Superstition Review, no. 20, fall 2017.

"Grateful." Beautiful Things. 25 Sept. 2017.

"A Hobo Like Me." Quiddity. 10.1. 2017.

"Things Sad People Shouldn't Have." Pank 10.4. July-Aug. 2015.

"Chariot's a-Comin'." Gravel. May 2015.

"Portraits within Portraits." Guernica Daily. 30 April 2015.

"Ghost Siblings." Beside the Point. Fall 2014. 

"Ten Years Ago." Brevity. Winter 2014.

"Shorn." Wigleaf: (Very) Short Fiction. 24 Sept. 2012.

"Dear Wigleaf: Under the Night Heron Tree." Wigleaf: (Very) Short Fiction. 24 Sept. 2012.

"Boat Stories: Three Generations." Tusculum Review 7 (2011): 175-184.

"Garbage-Bag Charity." SNReview 10.2 (Summer 2008).

"Red Ribbon." Paddlefish (2008): 18-21.

Anthology Publications:

“Beaver Pond.”  Mountains Piled Upon Mountains: Appalachian Nature Writing in the Anthropocene. Ed. Jessica Corey. Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University Press, 2019.

"Ten Years Ago." Love and Profanity: A Collection of True, Tortured, Wild, Hilarious, Concise, and Intense Tales of Teenage Life. Ed. Nick Healy. North Mankato, MN: Switch Press, 2015: 128-131.

Honors & Offices

  • 2009-2010 Olive B. O'Connor Fellow in Creative Writing at Colgate University
  • Cimarron Review Editor of Nonfiction