Sarah Mirk is a social justice-focused writer and artist. She is currently working on an illustrated oral history of Guantanamo Bay and making a zine every day for a year.
She began her career as a reporter for alternative weekly newspapers The Stranger and The Portland Mercury, where she covered political issues and numerous colorful characters. From 2013 to 2017, she worked as the online editor of national feminism and pop culture nonprofit Bitch Media. In that role, she edited and published critical work from dozens of writers, ran social media pages with a reach of 1.5 million readers, and hosted the engaging feminist podcast Popaganda, whose 10,000 listeners tuned into episodes on topics ranging from environmental justice to reproductive rights. Starting in January 2017, she moved on to become a contributing editor at graphic journalism website The Nib, where she writes and edits nonfiction comics about history, politics, and identity, and also works as a writer on The Nib's animation series, which garnered nine million views its first season. Her first graphic novel, Open Earth, debuted from Limerence Press in 2018, featuring illustrations by Eva Cabrera and Claudia Aguirre.
She is the author of Sex from Scratch: Making Your Own Relationship Rules (Microcosm, 2014) an open-minded guide to dating that now in its second edition. Sarah also writes, draws, and edits print zines and comics, including the popular series Oregon History Comics, which tells little known and marginalized stories from Oregon’s past. She reviews graphic novels for Publisher's Weekly and is also a frequent political commentator, having given lectures on feminism, media, and activism at colleges around the country, including at Yale, Skidmore, the University of California-San Diego, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an adjunct professor in Portland State University’s MFA program in Art and Social Practice, where she teaches a graduate seminar on writing and research. She has also led a writing workshop for veterans as part of the University of Pennsylvania's Upward Bound program.
Sarah holds a degree in history, with honors, from Grinnell College. She identifies as white, cisgender, and queer. In her free time, she befriends strangers’ dogs.
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SPEAKING AND TEACHING: I love leading workshops! Check out my past workshops and speaking experience.
ILLUSTRATED NEWSLETTER: tinyletter.com/sarahmirk
PRESS COVERAGE OF MY WORK:
An Interview about Open Earth (Bust Magazine)
Navigating Non-Monogamy (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Oregon History Gets a Little Comic Twist (Portland Tribune)
Comics, Sex, and Crush-Worthy Bookshelves with Sarah Mirk (Nerdette - WBEZ)
Local Author Dishes Out Modern Advice for Modern Relationships (Portland Tribune)
Bitch Media Editor Gives UW Students Keys to Becoming Successful Activists (The Badger Herald)
Sarah Mirk Delivers Bitchin' Workshops (Scarlet & Black)
Photos: The photo at the top of this page was taken by Jeremy Francis. Please ask for permission before using it. If you're looking for a high-res portrait to use for promotion or publication, you're welcome to use this one.