Writer Sarah Elaine Smith has been awarded the 2020 Ralph A. Johnston Dobie Paisano Fellowship by The University of Texas at Austin.
Sarah Elaine Smith is the author of Marilou Is Everywhere (Riverhead Books, 2019), praised widely by NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and others, selected as a Belletrist book club pick, and a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize for first fiction. She is also the author of a collection of poems, 2012's I Live in a Hut, winner of the 2011 Cleveland State University first book prize. Smith is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the Michener Center for Writers, and Carnegie Mellon University. She lives in Pittsburgh, teaching online creative writing workshops via Catapult and also through her own program, Here Be Monster