Sara Graybeal was raised on a vegetable and cattle farm near Pittsboro, North Carolina. Now she is a writer, teaching artist, and spoken word performer living in Philadelphia. Sara is a member of the Backyard Writers Fiction Workshop, and is the founder of the Poeticians, a group of young activist poets based in the neighborhood of Point Breeze, Philadelphia. She also coaches and mentors the ArtWell youth slam poetry team, which competes seasonally in the Philly Youth Poetry Movement’s slam league. She was the 2014 recipient of the Jan-Ai scholarship award for fiction, and in 2013 she received a College Board Award for the Teaching of Writing, allowing for the chapbook publication of original poetry written by her students at YouthBuild Charter School.
Growing up, Sara was a competitive clogger. She studied contemporary dance during college, and in 2009, she studied West African dance in Cape Coast, Ghana. Her current favorite dance forms are bachata and merengue, and she is also in the process of reviving a long-time love for tap. She is very excited to be writing for thINKingDANCE!