SARAH SHEY was raised on a farm in Iowa.  Her childhood was filled with collies, cats and cows. The family's horses only took her father seriously.  Shey's work has appeared in several publications, including the New York TimesThis Old House Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and in several anthologies, including The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage: True Tales of Food, Family and How We Learn To Eat (Roost 2013).  Sky All Around and Blue Lake Days, two children’s books, were inspired by the lakes and farms of her childhood (Trafford Publishing, 2005, 2006). Look for her books at libraries, independent booksellers and from her directly. Twelve dollars a book includes shipping and a bookmark. Email her at To use a credit card, please visit eBay.

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"After a quick read of her work, I felt an odd sense of warmth.  The second time I realized why: Shey had taken me home in only 20 sentences.  They were plain and elementary but carefully crafted.  Like well-known poets, Shey uses her art form to get the most out of each word."

       -Denny Waller, Southwest Washington Family
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