Sara Marinelli is a writer, translator, and educator based in San Francisco. She grew up in Italy, where she earned her PhD in English and Cultural Studies at the University of Rome, “La Sapienza.” After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at UC Santa Cruz in 2007, Sara moved to the Bay Area. In 2013, she completed an MFA in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. For her fiction writing, she was awarded an Artist Residency at Vermont Studio Center (2013), at Byrdcliffe Art Colony (2014), at BANFF Centre for Arts and Creativity (2016), and at Portuguese Artist Colony (2019). Her personal essay “50 Lire” won 3rd place in Blue Mesa Review literary contest 2016.
Sara has worked as a free-lance journalist for the Italian press, and has experimented with video-documentary and narration in film. Her film work includes her short film PASSAGE, which she wrote and directed, and the documentary ALFREDO’S FIRE, for which she was associate producer and story editor.
Sara hosts an Italian music program, “Italian Frequency,” and a world music program, ‘Round the World, on KUSF radio.
She teaches Comparative Literature at the University of San Francisco and Humanities in the Humanities Department at San Francisco State University.
Every month, she produces, curates and hosts the Hazel Reading Series, an all-womxn reading series in San Francisco.