Stephanie Sauer is the author of Almonds are Members of the Peach Family (winner of the Noemi Press Book Prize in Prose) and The Accidental Archives of the Royal Chicano Air Force (University of Texas Press). Her writings and artist books have appeared in Drunken Boat, Verse Daily, Asymptote, PRISM International, The Florida Review, Alimentum, Boom: A Journal of California, Lavender Review, In These Times, and Grain Magazine. She has earned fellowships from Yaddo, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, and won the So To Speak Hybrid Book Award, two Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission grants, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Fellowship in Writing, and the Barbara Deming Award for Nonfiction. Her visual works have been exhibited at the De Young Museum, New York City's Center for Book Arts, and the National Library of Baghdad, and are held in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution, Chicago Cultural Center, and various universities. She earned her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is the founding editor of Copilot Press and co-founding editor of A Bolha Editora. She currently teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Sauer was raised in Rough and Ready, California (a real town) where she learned to sew and make art at the Kentucky Flat School House in 4-H. She finished high school at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Colima, México, worked as housekeeping staff in northern New Mexico, and began undergraduate studies at Saint Louis University in Madrid, Spain. Upon returning to California, she illegally enlisted in the Royal Chicano Air Force and became the first in her family to earn a college degree (Sacramento State University). She later earned a Master of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (also real). She continues to sew and make art.