It was difficult not being able to rely on something, really two things—writing and reading—that I have relied on my whole life as escapes and stress-reducers.
Sadie Hoagland is the author of Strange Children (Red Hen Press) and American Grief in Four Stages (West Virginia University Press. She is an associate professor of English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the former editor of Quarterly West. Her work has been featured in Electric Literature, Mid-American Review, Foreword Reviews, Necessary Fiction, Largehearted Boy, Alice Blue Review, The Black Herald, Mikrokosmos Journal, South Dakota Review, Sakura Review, Grist, Oyez Review, Passages North, Five Points, The Fabulist, The South Carolina Review, Writer’s Digest, Women Writers, Women’s Books, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of several fellowships and her work has earned extensive recognition, including four Pushcart Prize nominations from 2015-2018. You can visit her online at sadiehoagland.com