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About


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Sara Michas-Martin is a poet and nonfiction writer who draws inspiration from science and the natural world. She is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Stanford University, and has also taught writing and interdisciplinary studies for the University of Michigan and Goddard College. Specific teaching interests include contemporary American poetry, science communication and hybrid forms.

Her book Gray Matter (Fordham University Press)—a creative investigation of the relationship between the brain and one’s conscious understanding of self— was chosen by Susan Wheeler for the Poets Out Loud Prize and nominated for a Colorado Book Award. A current project, titled Out in the Field, explores the biological and social transformation of new mothers. Integrating memoir and research, the text weaves together natural history, sleep science and the evolution of technology used to see inside the body.

Sara holds a BFA in visual from the University of Michigan and an MFA in poetry from the University of Arizona. Her work has been supported by a Wallace Stegner fellowship, grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg prize, as well as fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Bread Loaf and Squaw Valley Writers’ conferences. Her poems and essays have appeared in the American Poetry Review, The Believer, Best New Poets, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, jubilat, Kenyon Review Online, Threepenny Review and elsewhere. She lives with her family east of Monterey Bay and counts deer and bobcats among her neighbors .