Author's Bio

sara photoBicycle 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. Sara Backer's hybrid chapbook presents a chronological narrative of poems and short essays that explore our choices to accept and reject the wild world.

American Fuji was a book club pick of the Honolulu 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.

Backer, who received fellowships from the Djerassi Resident Artist Program and Norton Island Resident Artist Program, has written short fiction and poems that appeared in Poetry, Bamboo Ridge, The Rialto (UK), Carve, Crannóg (Ireland), Gargoyle, New Welsh Reader (UK), Southern Poetry Review, Poetry Northwest, Arc Poetry Magazine (Canada), PANK, The Seattle Review, The Pedestal, Turtle Island Quarterly, Waccamaw Journal, and many more. Her writing has received six Pushcart prize nominations. Her recent work is posted on the Publications page.

She has 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.

For more personal information, visit my blog. Here is a slideshow of some photos I took when I lived in Japan. In my blog from 2009-2011, I explain how and where these photos inspired some scenes in American Fuji. My red bicycle and the lotus blossom inspired the titular poem of Bicycle Lotus.







Photos 2009-2016 Sara Backer. Design template by Andreas Viklund.