Sarah Stockton is the Editor-in-Chief of River Mouth Review, an online, bi-monthly poetry review. Sarah’s own poems have been published in print and online, including in: Glass Poetry, The Shallow Ends, Rise Up Review, Crab Creek Review, Empty Mirror, SWIMM, Psaltery and Lyre, and Earth’s Daughters, among others. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart prize. Workshop participation with the Centrum Writer’s Conference, Blue Light Press, and The Writer’s Workshoppe in Port Townsend, WA have been a fruitful adjunct to a life-long love affair with poetry.
In academia, Sarah holds a BA in English with a creative writing emphasis from San Francisco State University. Her graduate studies (MA/Education) focused on engaged pedagogy and transformational learning in adult education. From that springboard, and in conjunction with her training as a spiritual director, Sarah taught courses on the spirituality, poetry, and literature of work for adult students at the University of San Francisco for eleven years. Prior to teaching, Sarah worked in college admissions and student services at San Francisco State University, helping new students and returning adults navigate the byways of higher education. She also holds a certificate from UC Berkeley in Drug and Alcohol Studies, with a counseling emphasis. Sarah has created and taught workshops and courses on creativity and writing as a spiritual practice. As a freelance editor, Sarah has specialized in personal essays, news articles, college admissions essays, and dissertations.
Sarah is a trained spiritual director in the Christian tradition of Anam Cara, the practice of holy companionship and holy attention. She completed her training in 2004. Her Christian practice is grounded within an interfaith framework.
Sarah has also worked as a journalist, blogger, and essayist, covering the topics of parenting, higher education, addiction and recovery, spirituality, creativity, and cultural commentary in such venues as Presence: the Journal of Spiritual Directors International; the Chronicle of Higher Education; the San Francisco Chronicle; America Magazine; and various dotcoms. Sarah also published a collection of essays on becoming a spiritual director and A Pen and a Path: writing as a spiritual practice .