Sarah has spoken widely on socioeconomic class, rural issues, the news media and wealth inequality at professional conferences, community events, university lecture series, book festivals and more. She has been a featured speaker at the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Obama Foundation Summit, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Adelaide (Australia) Festival, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Rural Summit, the Chicago Humanities Festival, the Clinton School of Public Service and many university lecture series, libraries and book festivals across the United States. She has also served as keynote speaker for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Planned Parenthood, RuralX, Quest Bridge and many other organizations. From small-town civic spaces to big-city bookstores, from rural America to the United States Senate, from the Moth storytelling mainstage to the Sydney Opera House, she has brought her first-hand vantage on economic hardship to diverse audiences around the world. Sarah is also a frequent political commentator in national media.

Sarah Smarsh


March 22, 2022

Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN

March 31, 2022

Delta Regional Summit
New Orleans, LA

April 7, 2022

St. Luke’s Hospital Fundraiser
Overland Park, KS

April 9, 2022

Paper Plains Book Festival
Lawrence, KS

June 1, 2022

Olathe Public Library
Olathe, KS

July 14, 2022

Kansas Women’s Attorneys Association Annual Conference
Lindsborg, KS

September 15, 2022

Missouri Western State University
St. Joseph, MO

Sarah speaks at live and virtual events.