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Sarah Ahrens

Writer & Teacher

Sarah Ahrens



Sarah Ahrens received her PhD in literature from Cornell University. She has taught literature, creative writing, and expository writing at Cornell University, Auburn Maximum Security Prison, the University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard University. 

She has written about William Blake and Walt Whitman and had personal essays published in Longridge ReviewModern LossThe Washington Post and Avidly, Los Angeles Review of Books channel. She is currently working on a book of personal essays.


"A Mother, Learning to Walk the Food Allergy Line,"

The Washington Post, 3/14/2016

"Learning, and Teaching, How to Say Goodbye,"

The Washington Post, 6/16/2015 

"'Points of Contact': Blake and Whitman,

Sullen Fires Across the Atlantic: Essays in

Transatlantic Romanticism,

November 2006

"Bloomsday," Avidly, 6/16/2018

"Dressing the Dead," Modern Loss, 1/31/20

"Wonder Woman and The Wolf," Longridge Review, #16 Spring 2020


Sarah has taught literature and writing to university students for twenty years. The course she teaches most often focuses on academic writing and critical reading through the lens of poetry, fiction and film.


"Professor Ahrens is great at guiding me to my own answers instead of giving me the answers. Her comments in writing and in person are always so helpful to push me to that next level of writing. She is so friendly and approachable, I never felt nervous about asking her for anything." (Harvard Extension School Student Evaluation)

"Sarah has an ability to explain concepts in various ways, allowing every student who is willing to work an opportunity to understand her message. She is always accessible and truly puts in the effort to ensure the success of every student." (Harvard Extension School Student Evaluation) 

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