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Biography

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Sarah Jamila StevensonSarah Jamila Stevenson is a writer, artist, graphic designer, introvert, closet geek, enthusiastic eater, struggling blogger, lapsed piano player, household-chore-ignorer and occasional world traveler. Her previous lives include spelling bee nerd, suburban Southern California teenager, Berkeley art student, underappreciated temp, and humor columnist for a video game website.

CatsThroughout said lives, she has acquired numerous skills of questionable usefulness, like intaglio printmaking and Welsh language. She lives in Northern California with her husband, who is also an artist, and two cats with astounding sleep-inducing powers.

She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Mills College in Oakland, CA, a post-baccalaureate certificate in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute, and a BA in Art Practice and Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley.

She is represented by Jennifer Laughran at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

Eleven Interesting or Pseudo-Interesting Facts About Me:

  1. When I was growing up, I didn't plan on being a writer. I was pretty sure I'd be an illustrator or maybe an art therapist. However, in high school I did write an awfully large amount of cringingly bad poetry featuring death, blood and angst.
  2. The first novel I ever attempted to write was a cyberpunk retelling of the story of the Nutcracker. I got about 40 pages in before realizing that the idea was not exactly a winner.
  3. I have been to the following countries so far (not necessarily in this order): Spain, Italy, England, Scotland, Wales, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Canada, Mexico, China, and Japan. They were all awesome.
  4. When I was an undergraduate in college, I was on the staff of the UC Berkeley humor magazine. During one of the staff meetings, I saw one of the editors eat a piece of chalk. On purpose.
  5. I am a huge nerd for a lot of reasons, but here's a good one: I play role-playing games. (It's like saying "I see dead people," but less cool.)
  6. I like bats and snakes. I think they're neat. Also cute. …Most of them.
  7. In the early 1980s, I owned the following items, among other things: blue and orange plastic roller skates, a Strawberry Shortcake doll that smelled like fake strawberries, an Atari, and a remote-control Trans Am.
  8. I really like to cook. Mostly this is because I really like to eat.
  9. I know how to knit, but I have yet to finish a knitting project. I've been working on the same skirt for at least three years.
  10. When I was a kid, I couldn't deal with anything scary. I even had a nightmare once about a Tweety and Sylvester cartoon. Too bad for me, because my parents liked to watch stuff like "V" and "Twilight Zone" and "Children of the Corn."
  11. In 2010 I was on an episode of Mythbusters entitled "No Pain, No Gain."