Sarah Menkedick is a writer and editor, mother, and traveler. Her debut essay collection, Homing Instincts, was longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Sarah’s writing has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Pacific Standard, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, the Paris Review Daily, Aeon, Guernica, Buzzfeed, and elsewhere. She holds a BA in history and the history of science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Pittsburgh, where she taught nonfiction writing. She is the founder of Vela, an online magazine of nonfiction writing by women. Her latest book is Ordinary Insanity: Fear and the Silent Crisis of Motherhood in America. She lives in Pittsburgh with her family.