Stephanie Sauer is an interdisciplinary artist and the author of The Accidental Archives of the Royal Chicano Air Force (University of Texas Press). Her writing and artist books have appeared in Drunken Boat, Verse Daily, Asymptote, So To Speak, Alimentum, Alehouse Press, Boom: A Journal of California, PRISM International, Lavender Review, Glint, Mistress, Lady's Comics, and Plastique Press. She is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, a So To Speak Hybrid Book Award, two Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission grants, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Fellowship in Writing, judged by Elizabeth Alexander. Her visual works have been exhibited at the De Young Museum, New York City's Center for Book Arts, and Fábrica Behring, and are held in the permanent collections of the National Library of Baghdad, 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, an in-translation press with headquarters in Rio de Janeiro. She 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.