Sarah Elizabeth Stockton

Sarah Stockton (she/her) is the Editor-in-Chief of River Mouth Review, an online, quarterly poetry review. Sarah’s own poems have been published in Glass Poetry, The Shallow Ends, Rise Up ReviewCrab Creek ReviewGone Lawn, SWWIM.org, Psaltery & Lyre, and EcoTheo Review, among others. Her chapbook, Time’s Apprentice, is forthcoming from dancing girl press, 2021. Sarah’s work has been nominated for a Pushcart prize and for the Orison Anthology. Workshop participation with Blue Light Press in San Francisco, the Centrum Writer’s Conference and the Writer’s Workshoppe in Port Townsend WA, as well as numerous online workshops including with Orion Magazine, have been a fruitful adjunct to a life-long love affair with poetry.

In academia, Sarah holds a BA/English with a creative writing emphasis from San Francisco State University. Her graduate studies (MA/Education) from SFSU 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 online courses on the spirituality, poetry, and literature of meaningful 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 U.C. Berkeley in Drug and Alcohol Studies, with a counseling emphasis. Sarah has created and taught numerous workshops and courses on creativity, and on writing as a spiritual practice. As a freelance editor, Sarah has specialized in poetry, personal essays, news articles, college-admissions essays, and dissertations.

Sarah is a trained spiritual director (completed in 2004) in the Christian tradition of Anam Cara; the practice of holy companionship and deep listening. Her practice is grounded within an interfaith and eco-spiritual framework.

Sarah published a collection of essays on becoming a spiritual director and the book A Pen and a Path: writing as a spiritual practice . She 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, as well as MTV Parents Connect and various other dotcoms. She has also written poems and essays about her experiences with domestic violence, single-motherhood, trauma, and chronic illness.