Portrait of Sarah Kanake

Sarah Kanake

Sarah Kanake grew up in the rural beach town of Tin Can Bay with her parents, brother who has Down syndrome, two Aboriginal foster brothers and her best friend. Sarah’s father is a Vietnam war veteran. At four years old, Sarah was accidentally shot in the bottom. At eight years old, Sarah was bitten on the very same bottom cheek by a shark – her brother literally pulled the shark off her. Sarah is a creative writing tutor at University of the Sunshine Coast. She has a PhD in creative writing from QUT on the representations of Down syndrome in Australian literature. She was recently shortlisted for the Overland Short Story Prize and won the QUT Postgraduate Writing Award in 2013. Her fiction has been published most recently in The Lifted Brow and Stilts. Sarah is one half of the country music duo The Shiralee. She lives on the Sunshine Coast with her partner, baby daughter and two labradoodles. Sing Fox to Me is her first novel.