Sabrina Fedel is a writer and teacher who lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her debut young adult novel, Leaving Kent State, was released on November 11, 2016, from Harvard Square Editions. Sabrina’s work has appeared in online and print journals and anthologies, including Lunch Ticket and Mothers Always Write. She is a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee, a 2016 storySouth Million Writers Award nominee, and a Sundress Publications Best of the Net ’16 nominee. In 2014, Sabrina received a Merit Letter in the SCBWI WIP Grant for an early version of Leaving Kent State.
Sabrina holds her MFA in Creative Writing, with a concentration in Writing for Young People, from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. While studying for her MFA, Sabrina was able to work with some incredibly talented writers, including Tony Abbott, Pat Lowery Collins, Steven Cramer, Jacqueline Davies, and Chris Lynch. She is particularly indebted to Tony Abbott for his wry, unflinching guidance and hopes that her work does justice to these generous authors who have inspired her.
Sabrina grew up in Pittsburgh to parents who were both first generation Americans. All of her grandparents immigrated to the U.S. from Italy. Her father worked for the University of Pittsburgh throughout her childhood and young adulthood, and gave her an abnormal love for books, especially old books. Her mother often told her tales of family history, instilling in her a love of both history and storytelling.
After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law when she was twenty-four, Sabrina got married and moved to North Carolina with her husband, who was in the Marine Corps. She practiced law in North Carolina, but didn’t enjoy being a lawyer until she and her husband moved to the Washington, D.C. area and she became an environmental attorney for the U.S. Army’s Environmental Law Division. Sabrina loved this job, feeling for the first time that her skills as an attorney were being put to good use by protecting both the Army and the environment.
When her husband left active duty and took a civilian job in Pittsburgh, Sabrina left her job with the Army. She began her writing career, slowly, as she also became a mom at this time. Since then, she has been actively writing in one form or another. You may contact Sabrina by filling out the form below.