Welcome! I’m the author of Sisters in Hate: American Women on the Front Lines of White Nationalism, a New York Times Editors’ Choice/Staff Pick and NPR Favorite Book of 2020. It was shortlisted for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize.
When I’m not writing about hate in America, I am the editor in chief of The Atavist Magazine, where I’ve edited features honored with the Livingston Award for National Reporting and the Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award for War Correspondents. I am the co-host of the magazine’s first-ever narrative podcast, No Place Like Home, about the theft of a pair of the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz (produced by Cadence 13).
I have written for publications including The New York Times, Harper’s, The Washington Post, and The Cut. I tend to focus on social justice and culture, but I am curious about the world and game to write about anything. I once talked to Teju Cole about a dream he had in which he went to a Brooklyn house party with Barack Obama and a meme of Yao Ming. That was fun.
I was among FOLIO’s Top Women in Media in 2019, a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in 2019, and a fellow at the Sundance Institute in 2018. My peculiar name* is pronounced “say-word,” which is fitting because I love words: writing them, speaking them, reading them, editing them, sharing them. I grew up in the South and now live in Brooklyn with my husband, calico cat, and beagle-dachshund.**
Want to discuss a story? Just want to say hi? Check out my contact page. You can also follow me on Twitter: @seywarddarby.
*My name comes from this book.
**Hoping for adorable pet content? I’ve got you covered.