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Sarah Vowell
Sarah Vowell

Sarah Vowell

Author and social observer Sarah Vowell is best known for her monologues and documentaries for public radio's This American Life. A contributing editor for the program since 1996, she has written about everything from her father's homemade cannon and her obsession with the Godfather films to the New Hampshire primary and her Cherokee ancestors' forced march on the Trail of Tears. She has been a staple of TAL's popular live shows around the country, for which The New York Times has commended her "funny querulous voice and shrewd comic delivery." Thanks to her first book, "Radio On: A Listener's Diary" (St. Martin's Press), Newsweek made her its Rookie of the Year for nonfiction in 1997, calling her "a cranky stylist with talent to burn." Reviewing her second book, the essay collection "Take the Cannoli: Stories from the New World" (Simon & Schuster), People Magazine said, "Wise, witty and refreshingly warm-hearted, Vowell's essays on American history, pop culture and her own family reveal the bonds holding together a great, if occasionally weird, nation."

As a critic and reporter, Vowell's writing has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines, including Esquire, GQ, Artforum, The Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, Spin and McSweeney's. As a columnist, she has covered education for Time; American culture for; and pop music for the San Francisco Weekly, for which she won a 1996 Music Journalism Award. She has taught writing and art history at Sarah Lawrence College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago respectively.

A native of Oklahoma and Montana, and a long-time resident of Chicago, Vowell currently lives in New York City.

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