The Quarantine Tapes

The Quarantine Tapes 144: Sarah Broom

Episode Summary

“Art is made from life. And, so, how do we encourage a kind of life that has meaning and purpose on a very small level, in our personal worlds and in the worlds of the people we love?”

Episode Notes

On episode 144 of The Quarantine Tapes, guest host Eddie Glaude is joined by writer Sarah Broom. Eddie and Sarah’s conversation dives deep into the craft and practice of writing. Sarah reflects on the time she is spending with visual art lately and the influence of painting and color theory on how she thinks about writing.

Eddie and Sarah are both writers from the Gulf Coast. Sarah talks about how her relationship to that place and its history comes out in her writing. Their conversation offers striking meditations on form, dialogue, and how to write as a witness to this moment.


Sarah Broom is a trained journalist and author. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine and elsewhere. In 2016, she received the prestigious Whiting Award for Creative Nonfiction, which allowed her to finish her first book, THE YELLOW HOUSE (Grove Press). She received her undergraduate degree in anthropology and mass communications from the University of North Texas before earning a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. She began my writing career as a newspaper journalist working in Rhode Island, Dallas, New Orleans and Hong Kong (for TIME Asia). She worked as an editor at O, The Oprah Magazine for several years, writing in the hours before and after work. In the years following, she’s worked extensively in the nonprofit world, including as Executive Director of the global nonprofit, Village Health Works, which has offices in Burundi and New York. She has taught nonfiction in Columbia University’s creative writing department. She loves solitude, travel, making a beautiful room and the possibility of getting lost. She is a native New Orleanian, the youngest of twelve children. She makes a home in New York City.