Sarah Lawson

Freelance Writer

I am a writer, photographer, and designer currently located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

After earning my undergraduate degree in film and media studies at the University of Virginia in 2006, I began a career in marketing and communications. Since then, I have helped launch and manage a successful experimental film screening series, worked in book design for a major publishing house in New York, served as a collaborative fellow at UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art, and wrangled puppies at the local SPCA, among other endeavors. I currently work as the Assistant Director of the Virginia Center for the Book and spend my free time writing, reading, and traveling with my dog, Ekhi.

Portfolio

Mezzacappa investigates noir through her jazz combo
The best crime novels evoke a time and place, whether it's the smoky back rooms of the 1920s jazz era or gritty alleys of 1980s New York. Settings and moods they create are...
Kamasi Washington: Harmony of Difference EP Review
Note by note and phrase by phrase, Harmony of Difference, the new EP by saxophonist Kamasi Washington, builds a towering euphoria within the short span of six songs...
The Blow: Brand New Abyss Review
It's been four years since The Blow put out a new album-the last being their self-titled release in 2013. A lot has happened in the outside world since then, socially,...
A Culture of Literacy
In "Where Are You Going?" Briana Chrispin describes how, for her, attending school as a kid had little to do with learning. "[S]chool was just a place where teachers talked a...
Nap Eyes balances nonchalance, precision songcraft
With the first kick of a drum and stroke of a guitar string, each song by the band Nap Eyes begins conjuring the ruminative, northern coastal climes of Nova Scotia...
Local, but Prized Elsewhere
In a small shopping center in Charlottesville, artists work at the Virginia Arts of the Book Center (VABC) to produce books and other creative projects that will one day make...
Local author Emma Rathbone stays focused with Losing It
Writing a novel isn't easy by most measures, but it's said that your second novel is where the anxiety really kicks in. Pressure builds to craft a book that's readable and...
Matthew Gatto's Parlor of Horrors seeks new home
When was the last time you fell asleep thinking about monsters in the other room? For most of us, that thought fades after childhood. But Matthew Gatto knows there are monsters...
Illustrator Christophe Vorlet puts the elephant in perspective
Christophe Vorlet painted his mailbox pink, but purely for functional reasons: It makes it easier to give directions to people. That the mailbox also serves as roadside art...
Invitation to play: Art as an interactive experimentation in 'LOOPLAB'
Playing with the art in a gallery is not always the viewer's first instinct. "I always worry that video [art] is intimidating, but then you put on a lab coat and it changes...
The mouths of monsters: Lincoln Michel's Upright Beasts finds cohesion in the surreal
Charlottesville native Lincoln Michel knows a thing or two about literature. A familiar face in the New York literary community, he received his MFA in fiction from Columbia...
The big picture: Filmmaker Geoff Luck on what we can learn from elephants
In the parable of the blind men and the elephant, each man takes his hands and feels a part of the elephant-a tusk, a haunch, the trunk, perhaps even the tail. Each then reports...
Marquee moments: Light House Studio moves in to Vinegar Hill Theatre
The popcorn machine remains silent and the box office window is still tightly closed, but signs of life are returning to Vinegar Hill Theatre this summer. After the arthouse...
Profile: Barefoot Bucha
For these Nelson County kombucha brewers, it isn't just about selling a good product...
Interview with Becca McCharen
From dedicated amateur to celebrated professional, this Virginia-bred fashionista is taking the world (and the stars) by storm with her highly-structured garments.
Keep talking: Journalist Beth Macy digs in her heels for Factory Man
" Iknew I was way over my head," said Beth Macy. As a feature writer for a regional newspaper attempting to write a nonfiction book about the global economy, she had her work...

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