Chatham University

MFA Creative Writing
Faculty and Staff

Sarah Alexander, MSW

salexander@chatham.edu
Lecturer

Hometown : Conyngham, PA
Joined Chatham : 2000

Academic Areas of Interest

Children and young adult literature, disability literature, non-fiction, biography, memoir, and personal essays

Personal Areas of Interest

swimming, kayaking, hiking, piano, plays, movies, baseball (Pirates--I can't help myself)

Personal Website : Visit Website

Biography

Sarah (Sally Hobart) Alexander is the author of 8 award-winning books for children and teens. 5 of her books deal with issues relating to her blindness, while a sixth chronicles the story of the first educated Deaf-Blind woman, Laura Bridgman. Sally teaches 3 courses at Chatham, young adult literature (Blue Jeans Lit), writing fantasy and science fiction (Inventing Wonder), and writing autobiography and biography, (Transcribing Lives). In addition, she mentors 2 bi-monthly writing groups and travels widely (Germany, Belgium, Holland) to give talks and do school appearances. At present, she is putting together a new course for Chatham on disability literature, which will be experiential as well as literary. She is working on a new biography about another 19th century sensation, Blind Tom, a former slave and musical genius. Her agent is marketing her newest book, an adult memoir called "My End of the Leash: Loving and Letting Go," which demystifies her 3 guide dogs and their owner. She has published several articles, most recently a personal essay on the value of touch, considered the impoverished step sister to hearing and sight. Last summer she published a monograph on "Breaking down the Barriers" between the able-bodied and disabled. Her husband co-authored "She Touched the World: Laura Bridgman: Deaf-Blind Pioneer" and is working with her on the newest biographical project. She is the mother of two grown children, one aging German shepherd, and a new young German shepherd guide.

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