Sarah Allen

Sarah Allen was born and raised in Provo, UT, and in 2016 she received an MFA in fiction from Brigham Young University. She is the author of the middle grade novel What Stars Are Made Of and the upcoming Breathing Underwater, both from FSG/Macmillan. These books have received starred trade reviews, blubs from Gary Schmidt and Dan Gemeinhart, and Breathing Underwater is a Junior Library Guild selection for 2021. Sarah is also a poet with work in PresenceThe Evansville ReviewQuarter After EightCicadaBirmingham Arts Journal and more. Sarah’s short work has won or placed in several BYU writing contests and the 2012 Utah Original Writing Contest. She is a regular instructor at writing conferences and community workshops such as Utah’s own Storymakers Conference, as well as Seattle’s Hugo House. She is currently at work on an MFA in poetry at the University of South Florida in Tampa.



What Stars Are Made Of (FSG/Macmillan, 2020)
What Stars Are Made Of (Puffin UK, 2020)
Breathing Underwater (FSG/Macmillan, 2021)


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Additional Info

  • Region: Wasatch Front
  • Genre: Poetry, Fiction
  • Tags: YA, Women