I'm a social media and online marketing professional living in Pittsburgh, Pa. Previously, I lived New York City, where I spent several years with Hachette Book Group. Other jobs throughout my life have included bookseller, lifeguard, camp counselor, research assistant, and sandwich maker.
I currently spend my days writing, reading, and designing outside of my day job in a museum. I live with my cat, Lola, and many, many books.
I studied English-Creative Writing at Lycoming College and then earned both an MFA and MA at Chapman University. I am the co-founder and was managing editor of Litterbox Magazine, which is currently on hiatus. Previously, I wrote for Every Girl Blog. My poem "Tea, Earl Grey, Hot" was included in the anthology, Make It So: Poetry Inspired by Star Trek the Next Generation.
I'm currently seeking agent representation and am hard at work on my next project. I chronicle my path to publication, its up and its downs, at my blog: Truth & Peanut Butter Sandwiches.
I'm the design and prose editor for Hyacinth Girl Press. I lay out the interior for all of the press's chapbooks, each design unique to its content. I have also laid out the majority of the covers. In the last two years, I have designed the covers, from conception to complete, for many of the chapbooks. You can see the designs below.
In addition to the work for the press, I am also the designer for the Pittsburgh Poetry Review, which includes the internal and cover layouts. I have also worked with Yellow Chair Press, Wild Age Press, and others.
Besides cover and layout design, I also design simple websites. Many are Wordpress-based, which means easy updating, however some are hand-coded, such as this website. Here are examples of some websites I've designed: Hyacinth Girl Press, BWFTA, New York City Master Chorale, PA State Mayors' Association.
I enjoy working with small presses, writers, and poets and am available for your design work. If interested, please inquire by email at sarah at sarahreck dot com.