Sierra Bellows' writing has appeared in The American ScholarThe New York TimesThe Greensboro Review, and Gulf Coast, among other publications. She was a recipient of a 2016 Ontario Arts Council Writers’ Work in Progress Grant for a novel. 

She was an editor at Virginia Magazine. She worked as a documentary filmmaker in Southeastern Africa, produced short films in Canada, and taught writing in Virginia and Montana. She was a Henry Hoyns Fellow at the University of Virginia, where she received her MFA in fiction. For several years, she was fiction faculty at the Sweet Briar Creative Writing Conferences. And she helped students in Dar es Salaam apply to university.  

She's lived in Canada, Malawi, Tanzania, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka, and currently makes her home in Charlottesville, Virginia.