Sara Moore Wagner


West Chester, OH
Ohio US

Author's Bio

Sara Moore Wagner is the author of three full length books of poetry, Little Sure Shot (winner of the Blue Lynx Prize, 2023. Forthcoming), Swan Wife (winner of the 2021 Cider Press Review Editors Prize) and Hillbilly Madonna (2020 Driftwood Press Manuscript prize winner), a recipient of a 2022 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, a 2021 National Poetry Series Finalist, and the recipient of a 2019 Sustainable Arts Foundation award. She is the author of the chapbooks Tumbling After (Redbird, 2022) and Hooked Through (Five Oaks Press, 2017). Her poetry has appeared in many journals and anthologies including Sixth Finch, Waxwing, Nimrod, Western Humanities Review, Tar River Poetry, and The Cincinnati Review, among others, and she has been nominated for multiple times for a Pushcart prize, for Best of the Net, and for Best New Poets. Her poetry has also been supported by a SAFTA residency, a merit scholarship from the Juniper Institute, and a scholarship to the Palm Beach Poetry Festival as a finalist for the Thomas Lux prize. She holds a BFA from BGSU, and an MA in literature from NKU. She lives in West Chester, OH with her filmmaker husband Jon D. Wagner and their children, Daisy, Vivienne, and Cohen.

Publications & Prizes

Lady Wing Shot (Lynx House Press, 2024)
Hillbilly Madonna (Driftwood Press, 2022)
Swan Wife (Cider Press Review, 2022)
Hooked Through (Five Oaks Press, 2017)
Prizes won: 

Blue Lynx Prize for Little Sure Shot, 2023 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, 2022 Cider Press Review Editors Prize for Swan Wife, 2021 Driftwood Press Manuscript Prize for Hillbilly Madonna, 2020 Sustainable Arts Foundation Award Winner, 2019

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Last update: Jan 29, 2024