Sara Marinelli is a writer, translator, and educator based in San Francisco. She grew up in Italy, where she earned her PhD in English and Cultural Studies at the University of Rome, “La Sapienza.” After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at UC Santa Cruz in 2007, Sara moved to the Bay Area. In 2013, she completed an MFA in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. For her fiction writing, she was awarded an Artist Residency at the Vermont Studio Center (2013), at Byrdcliffe Art Colony (2014), and at BANFF Centre for Arts and Creativity (2016). Her personal essay “50 Lire” won 3rd place in Blue Mesa Review literary contest 2016.
Sara has also worked with video-documentary and narration in film, including her short film PASSAGE, which she wrote and directed, and the documentary ALFREDO’S FIRE, for which she was co-producer and story editor.
She teaches Comparative Literature at the University of San Francisco and Humanities in the Humanities Department at San Francisco State University.
Every month, she co-curates and co-hosts the Hazel Reading Series, an all-women reading series in San Francisco. Sara is currently working on her first novel, Before You Turn to Dust.