Sarah Kilch Gaffney grew up in a small town on the coast of Maine, mostly in her father’s ocean studies wet lab, before leaving for the Midwest to attend Knox College, where she received a BA in creative writing and environmental studies. After returning to Maine, she spent many years in the trail work, conservation, and volunteer-management fields, and she now works as a program coordinator doing brain injury outreach and education. She lives in central Maine with her daughter and their dogs, cats, and chickens.
Much of Gaffney’s writing explores her relationship with grief, especially navigating her husband’s death from a brain tumor at age thirty-one, parenting through grief, and life as a young widow. Her essays, poetry, and hybrid work have appeared or are forthcoming from numerous publications, including the Washington Post, Brain, Child magazine, Mamalode, The Mid, Hippocampus, Modern Loss, Role Reboot, Northern Woodlands, Hoot, and Word Riot.