Sarah's Bio

Sarah McKinstry-Brown is the author of Cradling Monsoons (Blue Light Press, 2010) and This Bright Darkness (Black Lawrence Press, 2019). Born and raised in Albuquerque, Sarah is the recipient oftwo Nebraska Book Awards, an Academy of American Poets Prize, as well as a Sewanee Writers’ Conference Tennessee Williams Scholarship in poetry and a Nebraska Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship Award. An Editorial Board Member for Spark Wheel Press, Sarah’s poems appear in RATTLERuminateSmartish Pace, South Dakota Review, Sugar House Review, West Virginia’s Standardized tests (a beautiful irony given that she was, is, and will always be, a terrible standardized test-taker)and elsewhere. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband, poet Matt Mason, and their two sharp, feisty daughters.

Sample Reading

Breathing
is about giving each seedling a name,

though it may not take.
Hope is backbreaking.
Even in dreams, feel the pull, the till,

turning earth, soil so dark
it becomes night sky, and the seeds
in your hands, stars.
— Excerpt from "What The Farmer Knows"

Recent Press About Sarah

  • A University of Mankato student reading one of my poems for a National Poetry Month Project. View

  • I am interviewed in les femmes folles. Read

  • An article in the Omaha World-Herald about my collaboration with painter, Bill Hoover. Read