Sara Graybeal was raised on a vegetable and cattle farm in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Since graduating from Macalester College, she has taught improv theater and fiction writing to working children in Quito, Ecuador, coached and mentored youth poets in Winston-Salem, NC, and founded and coached YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School’s high school slam team from 2011 to 2013. Now she works at a science- and arts-based afterschool program in West Oak Lane and teaches poetry workshops in the Philadelphia public schools. She also leads the Philly-based Youth Leadership Council, a group of young people dedicated to writing and performing poetry and creating public spaces for poetry in the city. In February 2013, Sara was received a College Board Award for the Teaching of Writing, allowing her to publish chapbooks of her students’ poetry. These chapbooks are available for sale here. You can also view the write-up for the chapbook release party here.
Sara’s flash fiction piece “Heirloom,” recently published in Tempered Magazine, can be found here.
“Byproduct,” a spoken word piece, is forthcoming in Apiary Magazine’s online series.
Sara joined the Backyard Writers Workshop in November of 2011.