Stephanie Sauer is a writer, interdisciplinary artist, and publisher. Her most recent book, Almonds are Members of the Peach Family, won the Noemi Press Book Prize in Prose and was named a best book of the year by Entropy and Big Other. Her debut, The Accidental Archives of the Royal Chicano Air Force, the first artist book of its kind to be published by the University of Texas Press, is featured in City Lights Bookstore's "Pedagogies of Resistance Recommended Reading List." Her essays and poems have appeared in Drunken Boat, Pleiades, Asymptote, Gulf Coast, Entropy, Another Chicago Magazine, Grain, Verse Daily, and Lavender Review. Sauer has earned fellowships from Yaddo, Sacatar, and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, as well as a So To Speak Hybrid Book Award, Barbara Deming Award for Nonfiction, two Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission grants, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Fellowship in Writing. Her book works have been exhibited at the De Young Museum, the Center for Book Arts, and the National Library of Baghdad. She earned her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, founded Copilot Press, and co-founded A Bolha Editora and Praça. She teaches writing in Stetson University's MFA of the Americas program and manages Lólmen Publications for the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians.
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.