Sarah Shourd

Sarah Shourd, a journalist and playwright, was held as a political hostage by the Iranian government, including 410 days in solitary, an experience she chronicled in A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran.
She is a co-editor, with Jean Casella and James Ridgeway, of Hell Is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement (The New Press) and lives in Oakland, California.

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News and Reviews


Watch an interview with two of the formerly incarcerated men profiled in Hell Is a Very Small Place on Slate


Bookslut reviews Hell Is a Very Small Place

Inside Higher Ed

In a review for Inside Higher Ed, Scott McLemee says solitary confinement "degrades the society that has turned it into reality"


Chelsea Manning reviews Hell Is a Very Small Place


Books by Sarah Shourd

Hell Is a Very Small Place
Voices from Solitary Confinement

Jean Casella, James Ridgeway, Sarah Shourd