About sara marcus



I grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, where I attended Riot Grrrl meetings, wrote a zine, and joined my first punk rock band. Since then, I’ve lived in a 64-person vegetarian co-op in Ohio, an anarchist utopian community in Philadelphia, an urban homestead in upstate New York, and several friends’ spare rooms in Portland, Oregon, as well as an array of Brooklyn lofts and apartments.

I’ve written about music, books, and politics for numerous publications, including Bookforum, The San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Artforum.com, Slate, Salon, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Time Out New York, The Forward, and Heeb magazine, where I was politics editor for five years; my poetry has appeared in Death, Encyclopedia, EOAGH, Tantalum, and The Art of Touring, and my catalogue essay for sculptor Wade Kavanaugh was published in 2008.

I have an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and I was a fellow at the MacDowell Colony in 2008 and 2009. I’ve taught at girls’ rock camps in Portland and New York, I’ve played drums and keyboards in a long string of relatively short-lived bands, and I continue to instigate communal, de-skilled music making whenever possible.

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