Sarah Tory

Sarah Tory an independent journalist and correspondent for High Country Newsa non-profit magazine about the American West. Mostly, she writesabout environmental and social justice issues, but is generally fascinated by people and places on the margins of society. Her work has also been published by Hakai, Slate, Guernica, Truthout, OnEarth, and others. This year, she was selected as a nonfiction fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good.

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She received her B.A. from Williams College and an MFA in creative nonfiction from Columbia University. Previously, she helped make a documentary about mining conflicts in Peru, worked as a newspaper reporter in Chile, and spent five months riding my bicycle through the Andes, from northern Argentina to Patagonia. She is currently based in a small town in the mountains of Western Colorado.

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The Making of a California Prison Town

‘If you don’t want us, tell us to go back’ Of all the details Abdul Khan remembers of his flight from his home country, Ghana, perhaps the clearest is the glint of light on the machetes. He was 25 years old, and his textile business was failing. There were few jobs in his isolated village in Ghana’s mountainous interior, and Khan had started working for two gay men, who ran an underground male prostitution business. In Ghana, homosexuality is not tolerated. You can be imprisoned for it, and you … [Read more...]