Sara Marinelli is a writer, editor, 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 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. From 2014 to 2019, she produced and hosted the Hazel Reading Series, an all-womxn reading series in San Francisco.
Sara hosts an Italian music show, “Italian Frequency,” and a world music show, ‘Round the World, on KUSF, the radio station at the University of San Francisco, where she teaches Comparative World Literature. She makes her own experiments with sound and narration (Soundcloud), and is co-producer for the podcast This is Actually Happening.