Bio: Sarah Neidhardt grew up in Arkansas and Northern California. She left Arkansas with her family in 1986 and moved to Fairfield, California, and later the East Bay. A gap year after high school turned into a gap five years while she worked in a daycare, a refinery, and a bookstore. After earning her BA from Oberlin College in 1999, Sarah returned to California where she worked as a secretary and paralegal in American Indian and business law. She also interned at the iconic California indie press Heyday Books and worked for Apress.
Sarah moved with her husband to Portland, Oregon, in 2007 and freelanced as a proofreader and copyeditor for Heyday Books and others. When her son was born in 2008, she became a full-time mother and began writing Twenty Acres, transcribing hundreds of family letters from as far back as the 1840s, and creating a large urban garden with not a vegetable in sight.She was a finalist for the 2016 New Letters Dorothy Cappon Prize for Nonfiction and the 2016 Missouri Review Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize for Nonfiction. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and teenage son.
Twenty Acres: https://www.amazon.com/Twenty-Acres-Seventies-Childhood-Studies/dp/1682262278/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3RPQGKK5TF3ZA&keywords=twenty+acres+sarah+neidhardt&qid=1678712353&sprefix=twenty+acres%2Caps%2C184&sr=8-1
This episode is sponsored by Culinary Historians of Northern California, a Bay Area educational group dedicated to the study of food, drink, and culture in human history. To learn more about this organization and its work, please visit its website at www.chnorcal.org
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