Sarah Estes writes the Courage of Our Conniptions blog for Psychology Today and is a regular contributor to Scientific American. Her work has also appeared in New Scientist, Christian Science Monitor, Agni, Southern Review, and elsewhere. Drawn to both social sciences and the arts, she obtained an MFA from the University of Virginia as a Hoynes Fellow, and a master's in religion and culture from Harvard. Her poetry manuscript has been shortlisted for the Crab Orchard Poetry Series, Dorset Prize, Four Way Books Intro Prize, Levine Prize, Lexi Rudnitsky Prize and University of Wisconsin Press Poetry Series; her political essay on Iraq won a $10,000 prize. Sarah taught composition, poetry and women's studies at U.Va. and James Madison University and has received conference grants from Bread Loaf and the Institute for Humane Studies. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son, where reading, writing and monitoring Darwinian playground antics occupy most of her time.