Sally Pfoutz

Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer

15879 Short Hill Road
Purcellville, VA 20132

Author's Bio


Two published novels, Missing Person and Red-tail; and a book of poetry: “Tree and Shadow,” (Wild Leaf Press). Twenty essays and over 50 artist profiles in élan magazine. Work has also appeared in The Washington Post, Country Magazine, the anthology Grace & Gravity, and various literary magazines including: Phoebe, Fugue, New Collage and Hot Metal Bridge. One-act play, "Something to Hold Onto" was performed by Sterling Playmakers in June 2009. B.A. in English Literature from American University.

I have recently completed a novel based on the true story of Levi Hochstetler Dying to Live about an Amish man who faked his death in order to leave.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Tree and Shadow (Wild Leaf Press, 2016)
elan Magazine
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Washington Post


Missing Person (Viking/Penguin, 1993)
Prizes won: 

2001 Alice Abel National Literary Award

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud, The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud, When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka, behind the beautiful forevers by Katherine Boo, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

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English American
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Washington, DC
District Of Columbia
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Last update: Feb 13, 2014