Sari Fordham

Assistant Professor


326 Marano Campus Center

Sari Fordham is a writer, professor, and environmental activist. She's a champion of each person’s story and believes there is power in observing carefully and getting the precise details down on the page. She loves working with students and reading their narratives.




Wait for God to Notice, Etruscan Press

Book Chapters


  •  “Visible Mending: A Recipe for Beautiful and Sustainable Clothing.” Almanac for the Anthropocene: A Compendium of Solarpunk Futures, Wagner, Phoebe and Wieland, Brontē (eds), West Virginia University Press
  •  “When You Care about the Environment But Also Love to Shop.” Kids Ask Hard Questions Vol 2, McClenghan, Bromleigh and Jackson, Karen Ware (eds), Chalice Press, 143-149
  •  “Arrival.” Flash Nonfiction Food: 91 Very Delicious, Very True, Very Short Stories, Hazuka, Tom and Kathryn Fitzpatrick (eds), Woodhall Press, 124-125
  • “Betty Smith.” American Writers Supplement XXIII. Ed. Jay Parini. Charles Scribners & Sons, 257-271




  • “Mending.” The Wrath-Bearing Tree, Climate Change Issue, Web
  • “The Revolution Began at Book Club.” Lunch Ticket, Web
  • “My Father Thinks Danger is Beautiful.” Baltimore Review, 274-275. Print and web
  • “Waiting.” Booth, Issue 15. p. 237-252. Print and web
  • “The Mountain Lions of Watamu.” The Chattahoochee Review, 122-131. Print and web
  • “Boob.” Green Mountains Review, Vol. 30, No. 1, 47-66. Print and web
  • "Shaking Hands with Idi Amin.” Passages North, Web
  • “House Arrest in Thirteen Parts.” Isthmus Review, Issue 5. 35-55. Print
  • “Latching.” First Class Literary Magazine, Web
  • “Secrets.” Pithead Chapel, Web
  •  “Dividing Up the World Between Us.” Cerise Press: A Journal of Literature, Arts & Culture, Vol. 4, Issue 13. Web
  • “Ugandan Psalm.” Cerise Press: A Journal of Literature, Arts & Culture, Web

“Driver Ants.” Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction. Creative Nonfiction. Spring, Web

Awards and honors

  • Women’s Book Awards: The Sarton (memoir) for Wait for God to Notice, Shortlist
  • Southern Indiana Review, Thomas A. Wilhelmus Award, Finalist
  • Indiana Review Nonfiction Prize, Finalist


University of Minnesota, MFA in Literary Nonfiction

Iowa State University, MA in Creative Writing

Southern Adventist University, BA in History

Classes taught

CRW 208 Creative Nonfiction: Introduction
CRW 308 Creative Nonfiction: Intermediate