Meet Sarah Thursday, the Maker behind Sadie Girl Press.
Sadie Girl Press, founded by Sarah Thursday, is dedicated to creating print form collections of poetry, art, and beyond! Began in April 2014, SGP works with emerging poets and artists to give physical form to their work.
Read her story below
How’d you get your start?
As a young poet, I was really into DIY poetry chapbooks. I created several in my 20s before I focused all my creative energy into being a teacher. It was over a decade later before I found myself immersed in the poetry community in Long Beach.
My friend Nancy asked for help making a chapbook of her own. I was really excited to show her how easy making a chapbook was and the idea for Sadie Girl Press was born.
I wanted to focus on local poets (and later artists) who needed help getting their work printed on the page. Eventually, I published several local poets and created many anthologies featuring not only local poets but poets and artists all over the world.
"Back in the 1990s, I literally cut out copies of my poems and taped them on pages along with copies of my favorite lyrics and album images."
Describe your day at home or in your workspace; how many hours do you spend working on your creative enterprise?
Running a small press was purely a labor of love. At its height, I was juggling up to five projects at a time. Lately, I’ve been focused on improving the art of teaching online to my elementary students. Most other creative projects are on hold for the time being. When I was working on book projects, most of it was done digitally. Although, there were a few projects I printed and assembled at home. In those cases, stacks of paper and supplies could take over my space.
What gets your creative juices flowing?
Something that gets my creative juices flowing is problem solving. I love a challenge. I love bringing a complicated, multi-step process to a doable task. Figuring out book publishing, especially anthologies involving many authors and artists, was challenging on such a satisfying level. Lately, teaching elementary kids during the pandemic has created new challenges that have captured all of my creative energy.
What holds more value for you: creativity or knowledge?
Creativity is far more interesting than knowledge alone. I have had no formal training in writing poetry, nor in book publishing. Everything has been a journey of discovery. What happens if I try this idea or that idea? While my teaching profession requires a lot of formal training, I constantly find ways to be creative.
"If I could live anywhere in the universe,
I would love to live in a magical Elvish woodland. Something like the Elvish lands in Lord of the Rings surrounded by ancient trees."
Has rejection ever affected your creative process?
Part of what drove me to do the work was realizing how life is too short. So many people wait to try to put something out into the world because they are afraid of doing it wrong, being rejected, or finding flaws. I’d rather have left imperfect evidence of my life behind than nothing at all. I am proud of the projects I made with the press. They are each a product of many hours learning, failing, and not being afraid to take creative risks.