What is LOST ART?

LOST ART features longform, lyrical essays about creative work by dead women. Also the unfamous, underappreciated, and/or overlooked among the living. Fanaticism for the unfashionable, the not-now, the un-urgent, the never-heard-of-it, written by me, Sarah McColl.

LOST ART is published online 11 times a year on the third or fourth Sunday of the month. I’ve long said it’s an email that wishes it were zine, a chapbook, or a typewritten letter, and now it will be: one of those 11 months (likely September), LOST ART will arrive as a printed object in your mailbox.

LOST ART is a collage of the personal, historical, the aleatory, and the enduring, best read in a quiet, unhurried pocket of your day. Recommended for fans of The Second Shelf, Bow Down, junk stores, hidden doors, diaries, letters from friends and strangers, flotsam, library archives, snooping, and matriarchal utopias.

“It is a joy to be hidden,” wrote D.W. Winnicott, “and a disaster not to be found.”

LOST ART is a Look what I found love letter.

About me

I’m the author of the memoir JOY ENOUGH (Liveright/W.W. Norton & Company, 2019), a Belletrist Book Club Selection, Amazon Editor’s Pick, and Entropy Magazine’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2019. My work has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, and StoryQuarterly. Past LOST ART-like essays include the Pushcart Prize-nominated, “How Sad, How Lovely,” about singer-songwriter Connie Converse, The Paris Review’s Best of 2018 “Woman in the Sun,” about Josephine Nivison Hopper (better known as Edward’s wife), as well as an essay contribution to the first-ever monograph on artist Sara Kathryn Arledge, whose “eclectic, visionary work...cracks open the canon.” I am the recipient of fellowships from MacDowell, Millay Colony, Ucross, and Vermont Studio Center and hold an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. 

Thanks for your support

Your support for this work means so much to me. $5 is (at least!) what we would spend if every month we met for a very fine cup of coffee, shared a large chocolate chip cookie, and tipped the barista $1. We’d talk about art, motherhood, making a living, making a life, writing, time, and we’d have such a nice time we’d stay too long, until we both felt a bit dehydrated. This newsletter is my side of the conversation.

Please consider sharing LOST ART with friends, artists, writers, and mothers who like to think and talk about these ideas, too.

Can I help you?

LOST ART is part of a life project: I am forever fascinated by how art and life fit together—practically and meaningfully in daily life. To that end, I love working with writers and artists one-on-one as a creative companion and writing adviser.

With the approach that the writing itself can and should be a joy, we tend to both your writing practice and the project at hand to help each come alive. 

Together we create a generative space with plenty of room for possibility. We fortify not only your work but your relationship WITH your work, and that’s what makes all the difference. 

Interested? I’d love to hear from you: hello @ sarahmccoll dot com.

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Sarah McColl is the author of the memoir, JOY ENOUGH (Liveright/W.W. Norton & Company, 2019). She teaches creative writing and lives with her family in Northern California.