Currently stationed in Carmel Valley, CA, Sara Michas-Martin writes, teaches and occasionally designs. Her book Gray Matter (Fordham University Press) was chosen by Susan Wheeler for the Poets Out Loud Prize. Her poems and essays have appeared in the American Poetry Review, The Believer, Best New Poets, CURA, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, jubilat, Prairie Schooner, Threepenny Review and elsewhere. She is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University and has also taught creative writing and interdisciplinary studies at Goddard College, University of Michigan, and continues to teach courses for Stanford's Online Writer's Studio. Other awards include a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg prize, a creative nonfiction grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, residency fellowships from the Hall Farm Center and the Vermont Studio Center, and scholarships from the Bread Loaf, Squaw Valley and Napa Valley Community of Writers' Conferences.
Sara earned a BFA in visual arts from the University of Michigan and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona, where she was twice awarded the Poetry Center’s Poets-in-the-Schools teaching fellowship. She has also studied at Naropa University and Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci in Florence, Italy. Since leaving Ann Arbor, she has lived in eleven cities and backpacked through countries including Greece, Ireland, Laos, Portugal, Thailand and Vietnam.