Lyralen writes about the places we long to come together and can’t. Her work foregrounds the lives of women and minorities, and tells their most intimate stories. In her novella, Priest Kid, the daughter of an Episcopal priest struggles to connect with her gender queer lover without alienating her mother. In her novel, You Can’t Get There from Here, her protagonist has to give up saving her family to save herself.
Lyralen writes across many genres. In 2015 she won the Meryl Streep-funded Writers Lab in Screenwriting for her first screenplay, Saint John the Divine in Iowa; in 2016 she was a finalist for the Half the World Literati Award for her second screenplay, Run from Fire. In 1997 she was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in fiction; in 1998 she won the Boston Amazon Poetry Slam Finals, and came back to place in 2003. She won the 2002 Stanley and Eleanor Lipkin Prize in Playwriting and was a finalist for the 2005 Massachusetts Council of the Arts Awards. Her poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction have been published in literary journals and magazines such as Persona, Phoebe, Calyx, Girlfriends, Portfolio Magazine and others. In between writing she acts in film, web, tv and theatre, and occasionally bursts out with some radical idea like moving to Canada following certain events in November. Her current dream is to sell a web series called Trump Refugee. If not the one entitled 100 Ways to Write Your Own Eulogy Dot Com. Or the sort of memoir called I’m Crazy, You’re Crazy, Let’s Get Married.
Sarah has always idolized her Episcopal priest mother...whenever she wasn't resenting the lack of attention her mother gave her. But when she falls in love with a gender queer radical who doesn't believe in monogamy, she runs home, hoping for the mothering she never received. With her girlfriend right behind her. As she faces the disapproval of the American Midwest, she learns that family means standing for yourself first, and then finding a way home to the people you love.