Sarah Krasnostein is a writer and a lawyer with a doctorate in criminal law.
A fourth generation American and a third generation Australian, she has lived and worked in both countries.
Her essay, ‘The Secret Life of a Crime Scene Cleaner’, was published on Longreads and listed in Narratively’s Top 10 Stories for 2014. Sarah’s narrative non-fiction is inspired by the invisible and marginalized worlds hinted at in the many criminal cases she has read over the past fifteen years.
As a law lecturer and researcher, her areas of specialization are: the history of crime and punishment, comparative criminal law, sentencing law and criminal justice policy.
She lives in Melbourne and spends part of the year working in New York City. The Trauma Cleaner (Text Publishing / St Martin’s Press) is her first book.
The Trauma Cleaner, won top honours at the 2018 Victorian Premier’s literary awards, taking the $100,000 Victorian prize for literature and the $25,000 category prize for nonfiction. Read about Sarah’s win here.