Sarah Blake / WPSU-FM Associate Producer

Sarah Blake


The River Is Rising by Patricia Jabbeh Wesley

This week is our third book for Black History Month! A professor at Penn State's Altoona campus recently won a Liberian Award, recognizing her work as critic, professor, and poet. Hear more about her poetry in this review.


Black Like Me by John Griffin

Black History Month continues on BookMark. This week we're featuring a book of nonfiction that just reached its 50th year in print! Hear more from two local high school students.


Lighthead by Terrance Hayes

BookMark kicks off Black History Month with this year's National Book Award winner in Poetry. It's sure to delight, and the poet, Terrance Hayes, will be reading in State College on February 10th!


Half-Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

Find out more about this year's pick for Centre County Reads. Described as a true-life novel, by the award-winning author of The Glass Castle, this new book is sure to be a treat.


The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball

When a NYC journalist visits State College and falls in love with a farmer, what happens next? Our review will tell you about the exciting new book that tells this true story.


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

In 1951, tissue samples from Henrietta Lacks arrived in a lab. Amazingly, the cells still survive today. One book tells the story of this woman and her legacy.


Time Traveler by Ronald L. Mallett

After a sudden tragedy, a child is inspired to take a lifelong journey into science. Hear more about this Penn State alum's exploration of time travel with this week's book review.


Baker Towers by Jennifer Haigh

Winner of the PEN/Winship Award for best book by a New England author, you can’t miss this book! Set in Bakerton, it not only tells a great story, but it acts as “a love letter to our industrial past.”


American Rust by Philipp Meyer

In this striking debut novel, readers are taken into a small Pennsylvania steel town. The author won the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction from the LA Times.


Sarah Blake is an associate producer for radio at WPSU. She produces WPSU’s radio series BookMark, the book review show that highlights the amazing community of readers in central Pennsylvania.

In addition to her work with the radio, Sarah is studying for her MFA in poetry at Penn State. Her poetry is forthcoming in literary journals such as Michigan Quarterly Review, the Los Angeles Review, and Sentence: a Journal of Prose Poetics. She is also the 2010 winner of the Toby Thompson Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. Plus, as a teaching assistant for the English department, she teaches composition and creative writing.

Her work in radio reminds her there’s a non-college-student world in State College. She looks forward to hearing more from the readers in the area, from Altoona to Bradford.