Author's Bio

sara photoSuch Luck, a full-length book of poems published in 2019 by Flowstone Press, explores what it is to be fully alive and aware in a sometimes surreal world and uncovers moments of magic in a time of darkness. Elgin Award nominee 2019.

Scavenger Hunt, a chapbook published in 2018 by Dancing Girl Press, takes a walk on the dark side with poems that reveal grimness and redemption involving crocodiles, ivory, cherries, devil's food cake and more.

Bicycle Lotus won the 2015 Turtle Island Poetry Award. There are no observers in the food chain; like it or not, we’re in nature, and nature is in us. This hybrid chapbook presents a chronological narrative of poems and short essays that explore our choices to accept and reject the wild world.

American Fuji, a novel, was a book club pick of theHonolulu Advertiser and a nominee for the Kiriyama Prize. Sara Backer spent three years in Japan (1990-1993), as the first American and first woman to serve as Visiting Professor of English at Shizuoka University.

Sara Backer, who earned her MFA in Poetry at Vermont College of Fine Arts and MA in English at the University of California at Davis, received writing fellowships from the Djerassi Resident Artist Program and Norton Island Resident Artist Program. Her short fiction and poems have appeared in Poetry, Bamboo Ridge, The Rialto (UK), Carve, Crannóg (Ireland), Asimov's, Gargoyle, New Welsh Reader (UK), The Pedestal Magazine, So to Speak, Southern Poetry Review, Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Moria, Poetry Northwest, Arc Poetry Magazine (Canada), PANK, Silver Blade, Slant, Strange Horizons, The Seattle Review, Qu, Tar River Poetry, Turtle Island Quarterly, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Waccamaw Journal, Mikrokosmos Journal, Kenyon Review, and many more. Her writing has been honored with nine Pushcart prize nominations. Her recent work (some with links )is posted on the Publications page.

She taught creative writing classes for Cuesta College, Maui Literary Circles, Northeast Cultural Cooperative, and New Hampshire Institute of Art.  She currently teaches at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and lives in the woods in New Hampshire with a back yard graced by the presence of weasels and woodpeckers.

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