Sarah Leavitt is the author of the graphic memoir Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me, published in Canada, the US, UK, Germany, France, and Korea. It was a finalist for the Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize in 2010 and is currently in development as a feature-length animation. Tangles has been included in a number of exhibitions, notably at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum and the National Library of Medicine. Tangles is part of the curricula in both health and literature courses from Canada to the UK to India. Sarah’s second book, the graphic novel Agnes, Murderess, comes out September 2019. Sarah has developed and taught comics classes for the UBC Creative Writing Program since 2012, at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Sarah welcomes all students to comics class, whether they’re seasoned cartoonists or brand new beginners who are terrified at the idea of drawing. Every term, students at all levels create powerful work, from sharply humorous to devastatingly poignant. Many students go on to make more comics after the course, while others use what they’ve learned to strengthen their poetry, prose or screenwriting.
Sarah’s particular areas of interest within the huge world of comics are memoir, comics by women and queer cartoonists and comics about medical/health issues.