Sarah Talbot

Sarah TalbotEducation

B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1992
M.I.T., Seattle University, 1996
Ed.D., Seattle University, 2007


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Biographical Note

Sarah Talbot lives with her wife Yantra Bertelli in Seattle with their four children. She finished a Master's degree in teaching at Seattle University in 1996, then a doctorate there in 2007. She is the Assistant Principal at Madison Middle School and writes in between other obligations.

Shari Auth's book cover, Introduction to Auth Method

Publication Type


Latest Publication Title

My Baby Rides the Short Bus, PM Press, 2009

Additional Publications

"Emergent Theory and the Effects of Structural Reforms on De Facto Tracking in Two Comprehensive High Schools"

Publication Excerpt

In lives where there is a new diagnosis or drama every day, the stories in this collection provide parents of “special needs” kids with a welcome chuckle, a rock to stand on, and a moment of reality held far enough from the heart to see clearly. Featuring works by “alternative” parents who have attempted to move away from mainstream thought—or remove its influence altogether—this anthology, taken as a whole, carefully considers the implications of parenting while raising children with disabilities.

Praise for My Baby Rides the Short Bus:

A groundbreaking book…a collection of beautifully written stories, strange and familiar, incredibly open and well articulated, complicated and diverse: about human rights and human emotions. Wise, non-conformist, and absolutely punk rock! --China Martens, author of The Future Generation: The Zine-Book for Subculture Parents, Kids, Friends and Others

This is the most important book I've read in years. Whether you are subject or ally, My Baby Rides the Short Bus will open you--with its truth, humanity, and poetry. Lucky you to have found it. Now stick it in your heart. --Ariel Gore

If only that lady in the grocery store and all of those other so-called parenting experts would read this book! These true-life tales by mothers and fathers raising kids with "special needs" on the outer fringes of mainstream America are by turns empowering, heartbreaking, inspiring, maddening, and even humorous. Readers will be moved by the bold honesty of these voices, and by the fierce love and determination that rings throughout. This book is a vital addition to the public discourse on disability. --Suzanne Kamata, editor, Love You to Pieces: Creative Writers on Raising a Child with Special Needs

The contributors of this important and necessary anthology span a range of decades from a time when "defective babies" were institutionalized, to the nascent civil rights movement, straight on to a new era of independent living. The families sharing these stories live and often struggle with the consequences of illness, injury, genetic inheritance, or sometimes a perplexing and mysterious combination of factors, insisting that the world recognize a basic fact: "We are not science experiments. Disability is a uniquely humbling and equal experience, sometimes expected, often striking without warning. These parents are honest about both the distressing and illuminating facts of their lives; the stories are caustic, exhilarating, fierce, funny, harrowing. Yet despite the intricate and often overwhelming challenges they face, these parents and children never succumb to maudlin stereotypes, because, as one contributor learns, "it isn't saintly to take care of someone you love. --Bee Lavender, author of Lessons in Taxidermy: A Compendium of Safety and Danger

How did Evergreen help you in your career?

Evergreen opened doors to my thinking and prepared me to struggle. Without the invitation to consider the meaning of my actions, it would have taken me a lot longer to come to terms with my life and begin to make fun of it. Evergreen was the beginning of my internal reflective discourse.