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Sarah Shourd

Contributing Editor

Solitary Watch


Sarah Shourd is an author and Contributing Editor at Solitary Watch currently based in Oakland, California. She spent 410 days in solitary confinement while held as a political hostage by the Iranian Government in 2009-2010. Before being captured Shourd was living in a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Damascus, Syria working as a journalist and teaching for the Iraqi Student Project. She’s written for The New York Times, CNN, Newsweek's Daily Beast and has a blog on Huffington Post. Her memoir, Sliver of Light, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in early 2014. Please visit:, for more information. Follow Sarah on Twitter @SShourd.

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