Hannah Sarvasy grew up in Berkeley, drawing and playing violoncello at Walden, a school founded in 1958 by anarchists. At Harvard she earned the 2003 David McCord Prize for artistic contribution, and for her honors thesis she recorded folktales in the High Atlas Mountains. As a Fulbright scholar, she studied Afro-Asiatic languages and now works with Tucker Childs documenting dying languages in Sierra Leone. There Sarvasy created graphic narratives, one of which was a finalist in the 2010 Narrative 30 Below Contest, in the near-extinct language Kim. In 2006 she debuted her graphic novella Dear Brother. When not in the field, Sarvasy lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.