Sarah Kilch Gaffney grew up in a small town on the coast of Maine, mostly in her father’s ocean studies wet lab. She spent many years in the trail work, conservation, and volunteer-management fields and now works as a program coordinator conducting brain injury advocacy and education. She lives in central Maine with her family.
Much of Gaffney’s writing explores her relationship with grief, especially navigating her first husband’s death from a brain tumor at age thirty-one, parenting through grief, and life in the strange space of young widowhood. Gaffney is also a frequent contributor to publications pertaining to brain injury. Her essays, poetry, and hybrid work have appeared widely, including in the Washington Post, Hippocampus, Modern Loss, Headspace, and Catapult.