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Sarah Smarsh
Freelance

Sarah Smarsh is a journalist covering class in America. Her book In the Red, on the working poor and her upbringing in rural Kansas, is forthcoming from Scribner. 

Written by Sarah Smarsh

Essay/
Digital culture
Beyond the churn

Junk news is like junk food – a quick bite that fails to nourish. Are slow-burning stories what we really want, and need?

Sarah Smarsh

Essay/
Fairness and equality
Poor teeth

If you have a mouthful of teeth shaped by a childhood in poverty, don’t go knocking on the door of American privilege

Sarah Smarsh