Sarah Smarsh

Experiencing and Reporting on Rural America

October 10, 2018

Sarah Smarsh is the author of Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth (Scribner, September 2018), a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award. A freelance journalist and former professor of nonfiction writing, Smarsh covers politics and economic inequality for The Guardian, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, and others from her home state of Kansas. She contributed to the 2017 book Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation and is a frequent speaker on socioeconomic class and related media narratives.

Sarah spoke with Shorenstein Center Director Nicco Mele in October, 2018 about the rural America that so many talk about but few fully understand.