Sara Johnson Allen was raised (mostly) in North Carolina. She received her MFA from Emerson College. Most recently, she was awarded a MacDowell Colony Fellowship and an artistic grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation.  

Her fiction has appeared in SmokeLong Quarterly, RedividerThe Bangalore Review, The Eunoia Review, and was awarded an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction contest. In 2018, she was awarded the Marianne Russo Award for Emerging Writers by the Key West Literary Seminar for her novel-in-progress, We Make Them Pay.

She believes in the importance of protecting the time and space artists need and co-founded L’ATELIER Writers in 2015. L’ATELIER welcomed its fifth annual community to the Loire Valley in June of 2019. 

When she is not grading papers or chasing after her three kids, she likes to write about ‘place’ and how it shapes us.

photo credit: Channing Johnson Photography