Sassafras Lowrey is an author, dog trainer and is the 2013 winner of the Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award. Sassafras’ books have been honored by organizations ranging from the American Library Association to the Dog Writers Association of America. Sassafras holds an MFA from Goddard College in Fiction. Sassafras is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America and The Association of Professional Dog Trainers.
Sassafras has toured widely, giving readings, workshops, and keynotes at colleges, conferences, bookstores, festivals, and squats ranging from Atlanta to Berlin to Toronto to NYC, Oakland and Amsterdam on topics ranging from Trick Dog Training to the epidemic of LGBTQ Youth Homelessness and Queer Fiction. Sassafras is an All Star Trainer Of The Year Certified Trick Dog Instructor, and AKC CGC & Tricks Evaluator. Sassafras has trained and competed in canine sports from dog agility and rally obedience to canine parkour and tricks and has appeared on AKC TV and BBC radio.
Sassafras has taught creative writing at LitReactor and the NYC Center For Fiction, is a two-time AWP Writer to Writer Mentor, and provides writing coaching to private clients.