SARAH LEAVITT, MFA, has developed and taught undergraduate and graduate comics classes for the UBC Creative Writing program since 2012. Sarah’s interests include memoir comics, comics about health issues, formal experimentation in comics, and the benefits of studying and creating comics for all students, from dedicated cartoonists to those who use comics as a tool for brainstorming and problem solving.
She is the author of the graphic memoir Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me, which has been published in Canada, the US, the UK, Germany, France and Korea, and was a finalist for the Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize in 2010. Her memoir is part of the curricula in health and literature courses from Canada to the UK to India, and is considered an essential text in the growing genres of graphic medicine and comics and health. Tangles has been included in a number of exhibitions, notably at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum and the National Library of Medicine, and is being developed as a feature-length animation.
Sarah is currently working on her next project, a series of watercolour comics about grief and loss. More of her work can be found at sarahleavitt.com and on Instagram at @sarah_leav.