Iâ€™m a Boston-based writer, freelance journalist, and the author of Tell Me If Youâ€™re Lying.
My food, music, and travel writing can be found anywhere from record sleeves to the in-flight magazine.
My essays have appeared in Roxane Gay’s Gay magazine, Catapult, Salon, The Rumpus, Munchies, the Washington Post, and others. I have an MFA from Emerson College.
In 2016, I co-founded and produced RESISTANCE MIC!, a politically-themed variety show at OBERON, alongside Harvard Kennedy School professor Timothy Patrick McCarthy.
A native of North Carolina, Iâ€™m also a proud Scorpio, cat lady, and dad rock archaeologist. Iâ€™m working on a new book about men, love, and Patrick Swayze.
Write me, hire me, send me love: sarahkathleensweeney @ gmail dot com
Praise for TELL ME IF YOUâ€™RE LYING:
Sarah Sweeney has some kind of range; her writing can be hysterically funny one line and heartbreaking the next. This is a strikingly smart, self-aware, and empathetic book about a lot of things, but mostly love: for the people and places and decisions that make us who we are. Essays, memoir, whatever you want to call it, it’s a hell of a good read.
â€”Justin St. Germain, author of Son of a Gun
Sarah Sweeneyâ€™s new essay collection is sharp, sensitive, and engaging. Even while describing some of the weirdest, darkest and most personal moments of her complicated coming-of-age, Sweeneyâ€™s voice is vividly relatable â€” itâ€™s hard not to root for her, and identify with her.
â€”Laura Barcella, author of Fight Like a GirlÂ and editor of Madonna & Me
There is much to love about Tell Me If Youâ€™re Lying, primarily Sarah Sweeneyâ€™s humor and candor as she reveals everything from family conflict to sexual awakenings â€¦ Sarah Sweeney, a persona that is so charming, so sympathetic, so likable and unlikable at the same time. The voice and the sheer presence of Sweeneyâ€™s persona is so large â€¦ the essays that are able to highlight her distinctive personality properly (the majority of them) are simply magnificent.
â€”Jen Corrigan, in her review of TELL ME IF YOUâ€™RE LYING for The Coil