About Me

Sarah E. SkwireSarah Skwire is the author of the college writing textbook, Writing with a Thesis, which is currently in its 11th edition. She has won prizes for her poetry which has appeared, among other places, in The New Criterion, The Oxford Magazine, and The Vocabula Review.

Sarah has published a range of academic articles on subjects from Shakespeare to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and her writing has appeared in journals as varied as Literature and Medicine, The George Herbert Journal, and The Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. She graduated with honors in English from Wesleyan University, and earned a MA and PhD in English from the University of Chicago.

Currently at work on a book length project about money in early modern poetry, Sarah is also a full-time Fellow at Liberty Fund, Inc., a non-profit educational foundation.

Sarah and her husband are raising two wonderful daughters, aged 5 and 2 ½.

Writing with a Thesis

Based on the principle that the ability to develop and support a thesis persuasively is of utmost importance for beginning writers, Writing with a Thesis: A Rhetoric and Reader, 11th Edition, dispenses clear and practical writing advice. Sarah Skwire skillfully weaves humor into her advice and in the text’s examples of good professional writing–for a uniquely useful text that remains enjoyable to read and to teach from. Best of all, the text’s short, easy-to-read essays ensure that your class time will focus not on what the readings mean, but on what they mean for your students’ writing.

Since its first edition in 1976, Writing with a Thesis has helped a quarter of a million students learn to bring clarity and focus to their writing.

It is available for purchase here.

Current Research

I am currently at work on a book-length project titled Pecunia and the Poets about discussions of wealth in early modern poetry. The project has five projected sections: an analysis of discussions of money in dedicatory epistles and prefaces to early modern poetic works; a consideration of didactic poetry about husbandry, such as Thomas Tusser’s “Points of Good Husbandry;” an exploration of charity and abundance in country house poems; a consideration of usury and profit in love poems and erotic verse; and an extended reading of Richard Barnfield’s “The Encomium of Lady Pecunia.” The goal of the project is to broaden our picture of early modern literary discussions of money, which—with the exception of a few specific dramas—are commonly characterized as being very anti-money and markets. The early modern view, or views, is far more complicated than that, and often more positive.

Contact Information

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Publications List

A list of my academic and creative publications and presentations is available here.

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