Join us for a virtual conversation on Women & Children First's Crowdcast Channel celebrating the release of XO by Sara Rauch. For this event, Rauch will be in conversation with Christine Sneed!
Sara Rauch is in a long-term, committed relationship with another woman when she begins a low-residency MFA in fiction. Though it goes against the promises she's made, she finds herself pulled into an intense affair with a married man, a well-known writer in the program. More than an essay about bisexual infidelity and the resulting heartbreaks, XO unfolds Rauch's story like a map of psychic terrain, allowing the author to explore her longstanding obsessions with romantic love, her personal faith and belief systems, and the stories we tell ourselves to get through our ever changing lives.
Sara Rauch is the author of WHAT SHINES FROM IT: STORIES and the autobiographical essay XO. Her fiction and essays have appeared in Hobart, Split Lip, So to Speak, and other literary magazines, as well as in the anthologies Dear John, I Love Jane; Best Lesbian Romance 2014; and She’s Lost Control. She has covered books for Bustle, BitchMedia, Curve Magazine, Lambda Literary, and more. In 2012, she founded the literary magazine Cactus Heart, which ran through 2016. She holds an MFA from Pacific University. Sara teaches writing at Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop and Grub Street and also works as an independent editor and manuscript consultant. She lives with her family in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Christine Sneed is the author of four books, most recently Paris, He Said and The Virginity of Famous Men. Her fifth book, Please Be Advised: A Novel in Memos, along with a short fiction anthology she edited, Love in the Time of Time’s Up, are forthcoming in October. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, Ploughshares, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and O Magazine. She has received the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction, Chicago Public Library’s 21st Century Award, Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award, among other honors. She teaches graduate creative writing at Northwestern University and Regis University and lives in Pasadena, California.