Author's Bio

sara photoScavenger Hunt, 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. 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 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.

Backer, who earned her MFA in Poetry at Vermont College of Fine Arts, received fellowships from the Djerassi Resident Artist Program and Norton Island Resident Artist Program. Her short fiction and poem shave appeared in Poetry, Bamboo Ridge, The Rialto (UK), Carve, Crannóg (Ireland), Gargoyle, New Welsh Reader (UK), The Pedestal Magazine, So to Speak, Southern Poetry Review, Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Poetry Northwest, Arc Poetry Magazine (Canada), PANK, The Seattle Review, Qu, Turtle Island Quarterly, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Waccamaw Journal, and many more. Her writing has been honored with eight Pushcart prize nominations. Her recent work 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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