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.

News and Reviews

New Republic

Read an excerpt from Hell Is a Very Small Place in The New Republic

The New Yorker

The New Yorker profiles Hell Is A Very Small Place editor James Ridgeway and his work advocating against solitary confinement

Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly reviews Hell Is a Very Small Place.


Kirkus calls Hell Is a Very Small Place a "potent cry of anguish from men and women buried way down in the hole."


Books by Sarah Shourd

Hell Is a Very Small Place
Voices from Solitary Confinement

Jean Casella, James Ridgeway, Sarah Shourd