Stephanie Sauer


Stephanie Sauer is a writer, interdisciplinary artist, and independent publisher. Her publications include The Accidental Archives of the Royal Chicano Air Force (University of Texas Press) and Almonds Are Members of the Peach Family (Noemi Press).

  • MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • BA, California State University, Sacramento


Course Sampling

  • Introduction to Prose

Areas of Expertise

  • Prose
  • Book Arts
  • Independent Publishing


Stephanie Sauer is an interdisciplinary artist, publisher, and author of The Accidental Archives of the Royal Chicano Air Force (University of Texas Press) and Almonds Are Members of the Peach Family (Noemi Press). Almonds Are Members of the Peach Family interrogates the ways humans process violence, history, identity, and intergenerational trauma by centering its fragmented memoir form upon the making of an heirloom crazy quilt. Almonds won the Noemi Press Book Prize in Prose and was named one of the best books of 2019 by both Entropy and Big Other. Her first book, The Accidental Archives of the Royal Chicano Air Force, highlights the impact of an influential Chicano Movement collective by using a creative mix of real and fictive events, objects, and people to subvert assumptions about the archival process. It was the first artist book of its kind to be published by the University of Texas Press, and is featured in City Lights Bookstore's Pedagog ies of Resistance Recommended Reading List.

Sauer's work has earned the Barbara Deming Memorial Award for Nonfiction and So to Speak Hybrid Book Award, as well as fellowships from Yaddo, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. Her essays and poetry have appeared in Drunken Boat, Asymptote, Grain, Verse Daily, Afterimage, and Lavender Review, and her artist books have exhibited at the De Young Museum, Chicago Cultural Center, and National Library of Baghdad. She has performed her work widely at spaces that include Cornell University, Galeria de la Raza, and the &Now Festival of New Writing.

As a publisher, Sauer founded Copilot Press in 2008 as a space in which underrepresented artists and writers could collaborate and experiment with images, texts, book forms, and each other. In 2010, she and Rachel Gontijo Araujo co-founded A Bolha Editora, a Brazilian in-translation press dedicated to publishing independent literature and visual narratives by authors unafraid of the dark. Theirs was the first press to bring the work of Hilda Hilst into English, and the works of Monique Wittig, Bhanu Kapil, John Keene, Claude Cahun, Tove Jansson, Gail Scott, Guy Hocquenghem, Nathanaël, and others into Portuguese. Sauer also co-organized Pãodeforma, Rio de Janeiro's largest book arts festival.

Sauer earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where her thesis manuscript was selected by US Inaugural Poet Elizabeth Alexander for the SAIC Writing Fellowship. She has taught literature and writing at the San Francisco Art Institute and book arts at California State University's Summer Arts program. She is currently a member of the Tijuana Grupo de Leitura e Tradução (translation collective), and continues to live and work between California and Brazil.



  • Almonds Are Members of the Peach Family. Noemi Press, 2019
  • The Accidental Archives of the Royal Chicano Air Force. University of Texas Press, 2016


  • Whip Stitch Finish." Pleiades (forthcoming, 2020).
  • You'd Be Prettier If You Smiled." Grain, 46.4 (Summer 2019).
  • Water and Power." American History (2019).
  • Good Pressing." Aquifer: The Florida Review Online (October 2018).
  • 2018 PLANA Report." Afterimage (Fall 2018).
  • Rolling Towards Bethlehem." In These Times (July 2018).
  • Raze (Up)." 45th Parallel (June 2018).
  • Silent (Against)." Entropy (1 March 2018).
  • Between the Ends of Worlds, Touch." PRISM International, 56.1 (Fall 2017).
  • Tove Jansson & The Questioning of the Moomins." Asymptote (Summer 2017).
  • Nixtamal Mamá." Lavender Review (2017).
  • Almonds are Members of the Peach Family." Nasty Women of Words (2017).
  • Meet The Pilgrim Fathers." Glint Literary Journal (2017).
  • "How Many Girls?," "Northern Sky," "Moído Grosso." MISTRESS, 4 (2017).
  • Almonds are Members of the Peach Family." Drunken Boat, 24 (2016).
  • Tove Jansson: A liberdade e' a melhor coisa." Lady's Comics (2016).
  • Oyster Crackers." WTF...!, 23 (2014).
  • For a Happier World," "Travel Poem." WTF...!, 22 (2014).
  • there is no grammar." So to Speak (2013).
  • The Accidental Archives of the Royal Chicano Air Force." Book excerpt. Boom: A Journal of California, published by University of California Press, 2:4 (2012).
  • Alehouse Press, 2 (2008).
  • Verse Daily (2008).

Artist Books

  • Collaboration Book. Copilot Press, 2019.
  • Between the End of Worlds, Touch. Copilot Press, 2017.
  • Why the Fuck Publish?: Some Notes on the Making of Books, 2008-2011. Copilot Press, 2016.
  • Corral, Alma Leiva, Tatiana Reinoza, Luis Vargas-Santiago. The University of Notre Dame & Copilot Press, 2015.
  • Chola Enterprises. Collaboration with Lorraine García-Nakata. Copilot Press, 2015.
  • Letters to the Poet from His Brother. Writing & Art: Maceo Montoya. Copilot Press, 2014.
  • I Dare You. Selection: Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here international artist response project, 2012.
  • Miss Ella's Tunnel Mural Tours. Collaboration with Ella Maria Diaz. Copilot Press, 2012.
  • there is no grammar. 2012.
  • Dream Memoirs of a Fabulist. Collaboration with Doug Rice. Copilot Press, 2011.
  • El Chale Gallego y'L Xorty. Collaboration with Jose' Montoya; Copilot Press, 2010.
  • a book of presence | a book of absence | a book of presence. 2010.
  • it's fun to be naked. Collaboration with Rachel Gontijo Araujo. Copilot Press, 2009.
  • The Noun Painter: Collaboration with Esteban Villa. Copilot Press, 2009.
  • indefinite - indefinite. 2009

Artist Books

  • Project Empowerment: A History of the League of California
  • Cities - Latino Caucus. Sacramento: League of California Cities, 2008.