Sarah Smarsh at the Vilar Performing Arts Center

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 5:30pm

What: A Special Evening with Sarah Smarsh, part of the PwrHrs Rural Afterschool Conference
When: Thursday, November 14
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center

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The Vail Valley Foundation’s YouthPower365 is proud to host the inaugural PwrHrs Rural Afterschool Conference this November. The New York Times best-selling author, Sarah Smarsh, will be headlining the conference and presenting the topic: Rural Afterschool and Education: A Door to the World for Low Income and Minority Students. This special evening will feature a presentation followed by and intimate meet and greet opportunity! Individual tickets for this event are $25 and are on-sale now. For more information on the PwrHrs Rural Afterschool Conference, visit https://youthpower365.org/event/prac-sarah-smarsh/.


A beautifully written memoir that combines personal narrative with powerful analysis and cultural commentary, Heartland examines the myths about people thought to be less because they earn less.

Sarah Smarsh was born a fifth generation Kansas wheat farmer on her paternal side, and the product of generations of teen mothers on her maternal side. Through her experiences growing up on a farm thirty miles west of Wichita, we are given a unique and essential look into the lives of poor and working class Americans living in the heartland. During Sarah's turbulent childhood in Kansas in the 1980s and 1990s, she enjoyed the freedom of a country childhood, but observed the painful challenges of the poverty around her. By telling the story of her life and the lives of the people she loves with clarity and precision but without judgement, Smarsh challenges us to look more closely at the class divide in our country.

"A deeply humane memoir that crackles with clarifying insight, Heartland is one of a growing number of important works--including Matthew Desmond's Evicted and Amy Goldstein's Janesville--that together merit their own section in nonfiction aisles across the country: America's postindustrial decline...Smarsh shows how the false promise of the 'American dream' was used to subjugate the poor. It's a powerful mantra" (The New York Times Book Review) .

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ISBN: 9781501133091
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Published: Scribner - September 18th, 2018

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Published: Scribner - September 3rd, 2019