Welcome! I’m the author of Sisters in Hate (Little, Brown). The book was a New York Times Editors’ Choice/Staff Pick and an NPR Favorite Book of 2020. It was also shortlisted for the J. Anthony Lukas Prize.

Since 2018, I’ve been the editor in chief of The Atavist Magazine, where I’ve shepherded features honored with the Livingston Award for National Reporting and the Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award for War Correspondents, among other prizes. 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’ve written for publications including The New York Times, Harper’sThe Washington Post, and The Guardian. I tend to focus on social justice and culture, but I’m curious about the world and game to write about anything, from horror movies to Instagram-famous pets. 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 one of FOLIO’s Top Women in Media in 2019, a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts the same year, 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.

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