Sara Davis, PhD

Independent scholar, freelance writer, and higher ed marketing and communications writing professional.


  • Certificate in Climate Change, Penn LPS Online. 2021.
  • Advanced Certificate in Creative Writing, Penn LPS Online. 2021.
  • MA/PhD, American literature, Temple University. 2016.
  • B.A., magna cum laude, English, Rhodes College. 2003.
    • Minors: art, French literature.


Flash fiction and nonfiction

“Necessities (June 5, 2020).” Hindsight. January 12, 2023. Online.

“Winds of Change.” Rewilding Our Stories. October 3, 2022. Online.

“How to Lose an Ocean.” Ellipsis Zine. July 29, 2022. Online (reprint).

“Closure.” Vignette | Yellow Arrow Publishing. AWAKEN series. July 20, 2022. Online.

“False Spring.” Capsule Stories Spring 2022 Edition: Into the Light. Print. Nominated for the Best Microfiction 2023 anthology.

“Devotions.” Capsule Stories Winter 2021 Edition: Sugar and Spice. Print.

“How to escape a time loop.” Okay Donkey Magazine. November 19, 2021. Online.

Two students walk into a bar.” Cleaver Magazine. Fall 2021. Online.

“How to Lose an Ocean.” Toho Journal [closed]. Spring/Summer 2021. Print.

“Ever Given.” Cleaver Magazine. Summer 2021. Online.

“The Untimely Collaborators.” CRAFT. June 9, 2021. Online. Awarded Editor’s Choice in the 2020 Creative Nonfiction contest.

“My Year of Ghosts.” The Toast. October 29, 2014. Online.

Short fiction

The Drowned City.” Euphony Journal Vol. 20 No. 2. Spring 2020. Print and online. Winner of the 2020 Climate Fiction Competition.


Posts authored/co-authored by Sara Davis at Sidequest. August 2020 – present. Online

“The Red Thing:  Fabrics and Fetishism in Nella Larsen’s Quicksand.” Skin, Culture, and Psychoanalysis. Ed. Sheila L. Cavanaugh, Angela Failler, and Rachel Hurst. Palgrave MacMillan, 2013.


Nonfiction book reviewer for Publishers Weekly, January 2022 – July 2023.


Session leader: “Be Gorgeous/Be Austere”. Blue Stoop: Wednesdays on the Stoop. October 26 2022.

Teaching assistant, University of Pennsylvania.
– Assisted CRWR 3000: Writing About Place, led by Professor Christy Davids. Fall 2 2023.


Co-moderator of Rewilding Our Stories eco-fiction community, 2021–present.

Co-founder of The Ink and Key Collective (formerly Creative Writing Accountability Crew), 2020–present.

Submissions reader for The Masters Review, January – July 2023. 

Food studies


“A Tour of Food Art in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.” Edible Philly. March 15, 2017. Print and online.

“Southern Discomfort.” Render: Feminist Food and Culture Quarterly No. 2. Fall 2014. Print.

“The Meat Market.” Render: Feminist Food and Culture Quarterly No. 1. Summer 2014. Print.

“Dining Alone on an Expense Account.” Graze Magazine No. 5. Spring 2014. Print.

“Freshly Minted.” Culture: A Reader for Writers. Ed. John Mauk. Oxford University Press, 2013.

Posts authored by Sara Davis at The Smart Set (formerly cross-posted to Table Matters). Published by the Center for Cultural Outreach. Oct 2012 – July 2013. Online.

Scenes of Eating. Personal website exploring food in literature, art, and culture. 2011-2021.


Invited Appearances

Guest for Q&A on “Hooked on Junk” episode of “The Stream” on Al Jazeera English. March 28, 2013.

Scholarly Presentations

“Dorito Magic: contemplating the chip in two contemporary texts.” Food! The Conference!, City University of New York Graduate Center, March 2011.

“Rethinking the Word `Consumption.’”  2010 Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association Conference, Alexandria VA, October 2010.

“Conversations in the Kitchen:  food, sex, and otherness in Chuang Hua’s Crossings.”  Department of Romance Languages:  Women, Home, and Nation:  Public and Private Spaces, Binghamton University, March 2008.