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First, my Substack…

Think of this as a magazine of my work that I publish especially for you.

Each year, the theme is a little different.

2024 is Less of More and More

  • For those who want (or want to want) a little less in a culture of more and more

    • Less of what we assume to be true

    • Less of what we think is necessary

    • Less of what holds us back


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Second, my website…

At the Texas Book Festival, signing copies of ‘Pathological,’ post-recovery

If you don’t know me, I’m an author at HarperCollins, on the creative writing faculty at Northwestern University, a freelance writer at The New York Times and elsewhere, a certified mental health peer recovery support specialist (PRSS), and a mental health keynote speaker who’s spoken to audiences across the country about recovery from mental illness.

Pathological: The True Story of Six Misdiagnoses (HarperCollins) is a journalistic account of the twenty-five years I spent in the mental health system and the flaws in psychiatric diagnoses, it was featured on NPROprah DailySalonForbesThe Los Angeles Times, and more.


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I write for many publications, including The New York Times, The New Republic, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Time Magazine, and The Paris Review, where I was an advisory editor. My essays have been nominated for pushcart prizes and chosen as notable mentions in Best American Essays. I’m the recipient of the Hopwood Award for Literature and grants and fellowships from Yaddo, the Mellon Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony, among others.

I live in Chicago with my two beloved cats, Baby Theo. They were instrumental in my recovery. More than anything, I want a t-shirt that says, Ask me about my cats.


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Me and the boys, Baby Theo (top left, bottom left) and Sweets (top middle, bottom middle)

What people are saying:

“Sarah Fay’s artful work is pleasingly unclassifiable—masterfully written, distinctively researched, and deeply humane. I’ll just call it genius.” —Anthony Swofford, International and New York Times bestselling author of Jarhead

“Sarah Fay is a deeply compelling person and a fantastic writer. We were wowed by her talent for bolstering personal stories with takeaways backed up with careful research.” —Apple Best Books Pick, Pathological

“Sarah Fay creates a work of art that entertains as much as it informs. The prose is so electric, incisive, witty, irreverent, devastating, sparkling! Fay has created a masterpiece that is a true original on every level.” —Porochista Khakpour, award-winning author of Sick

“Sarah Fay shows how our attempts to order the universe and our minds has caused at least as much harm as good.” —DT Max, staff writer at The New Yorker and author of The Family That Couldn’t Sleep

“Sarah Fay’s talent for empathetic, but un-sugarcoated language and her passion for patient-led recovery makes her posts compelling and thought-provoking.” —Neva Kares Talladen, The Other Worldly Dispatch


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Bestselling, featured Substack writer | Author @HarperCollins 'Pathological' | Creative writing faculty Northwestern | Director Substack Writers at Work | Lover of all cats everywhere