Lambda Literary is sad to report the passing of Sarah Dreher, a Lambda Literary Award winning author and playwright. Dreher was “best known for her award-winning lesbian mystery series featuring amateur sleuth Stoner McTavish.” Dreher was born in Hanover, Pennsylvania in 1937 and died April 2, 2012 in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Dreher completed her undergraduate at Wellesley College and attended graduate school for psychology at Purdue University. Dreher moved to Amherst, MA, in 1965, where she was an active participant in the women’s movement.

Scholar Bonnie Zimmerman noted that Dreher’s writing reflected, “the anguish of lesbian relationships beginning, ending or mending. Dreher’s lesbian protagonists are modern heroes searching for integrity and identity…”

Dreher’s novels include: Stoner McTavish (1985), Something Shady (1986), Gray Magic (1987), Otherworld (1993), and Bad Company (1995).

In addition to writing, Dreher was a clinical psychologist, specializing in women’s issues and dream analysis. Dreher was also a co-founder of Sunrise-Amanecer, Inc., a local nonprofit organization focused on improving the quality of life for Springfield Massachusetts’s most disadvantaged population. She served as president and clinical director at Sunrise-Amanecer for the past seven years.

Donations may be made in Dreher’s memory to Sunrise-Amanacer, Inc.; contact 413-781-3727 for more information.

(via The Republican)


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7 Responses to “In Remembrance: Sarah Dreher”

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  2. Shelly Eagle 13 August 2012 at 10:59 AM #

    It appears that “Sunrise-Amancer” may not be on the up and up. It is suggested that donations be held back until further information is gained or given to a known lesbian feminist cause. Thank you.


    • Martha Dreher Erikson 16 January 2013 at 12:29 PM #

      Shelly, Did you know my cousin, Sarah, and her work with Sunrise Amancer? I am trying to connect with the other co-founder and am unable to get a response at Surise Amancer.


  3. Sarahdrehersstepdaughter 3 January 2013 at 9:05 PM #

    I’m unsure of what the previous comment intends to insinuate however, sunrise is on the up and up and is struggling immensely without Sarah (my stepmother). There have been people from Sarah’s past meddling and slandering Sarah and sunrise’s name. It has been extremely difficult losing her and more so dealing with people who knew nothing of her current place in life. Jealousy and slander make it all the more difficult to get the closure everyone needs. If donations to sunrise are not to your liking, Sarah would appreciate donations to the dakin animal shelter in western ma.


    • Katharina 4 January 2013 at 12:08 PM #

      Dear Sarahsstepdaughter,
      I am deeply sorry for your loss. My wife and I love Sarah’s books and are very sad to hear she has passed away. We wish all the best for you and your family now and hope that the rumours and slander will come to an end soon. Kind regards from Germany, Katharina


    • David Martin 12 January 2013 at 4:46 PM #

      Hello from Scotland i read sarahs books about 15 years ago starting with otherworld and i found every book to be brilliant they were an amazing read and i am male even though iv not read them for 15 years i always think about them and i think soon i will buy them all again and read them again .Very sad to hear Sarah passed she was a great inspiration to me and still i use the memorys of Stoner mctavish to boost my day…well done to all those involved..David.Scotland


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