About Sarah Sweeney

Hey, y’all.

I’m a Boston-based writer, freelance journalist, and the author of Tell Me If You’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 magazineCatapult, Salon, The RumpusMunchies the Washington Post, and others. I have an MFA from Emerson College.

In 2016I 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, I’m also a proud Scorpio, cat lady, and dad rock archaeologist. I’m working on a new book about men, love, and Patrick Swayze. 

Write me, hire me, send me love: sarahkathleensweeney @ gmail dot com


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.

Justin St. Germain, author of Son of a Gun

Sarah Sweeney’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, Sweeney’s voice is vividly relatable. It’s hard not to root for her, and identify with her.

—Laura Barcella, author of Fight Like a Girl and editor of Madonna & Me

There is much to love about Tell Me If You’re Lying, primarily Sarah Sweeney’s humor and candor as she reveals everything from family conflict to sexual awakenings … 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 Sweeney’s persona is so large—the essays that are able to highlight her distinctive personality properly (the majority of them) are simply magnificent.

Jen Corrigan, in her review of TELL ME IF YOU’RE LYING for The Coil