Sarah's Short Form Bio

Sarah McKinstry-Brown is the recipient of the 2011 Nebraska Book Award for Poetry and the 2014 Nebraska Book Award for Poetry Anthology. Her work has been featured in numerous anthologies and she is the founder of feedback at KANEKO, an interactive reading series that provides writers with the chance to share works in progress and invites audiences to offer their insight. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband, poet Matt Mason, and their two sharp, feisty daughters.

Sample Reading

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