Sarah Brown Weitzman


Delray Beach, FL
Florida US

Author's Bio

Although I began life in 1935 with a poet's name, Sarah Elizabeth Brown, I did not find my voice until I was nearly forty. Under the name Sarah Brown Weitzman, I have had more than four hundred poems published in journals and anthologies such as New Ohio Review, North American Review, Rattle, Verse Daily, Mid-American Review, Poet Lore, Potomac Review, Miramar, Spillway, America  and elsewhere.   For personal reasons, I dropped out of "Po-biz" for fifteen years [1984 to 1999I and did not submit a single poem for publication during those years.  I am a past National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Poetry.  I was nominated for a second time for the Pushcart Poetry Prize in 2019.  I am still writing, publishing and lecturing on contemporary poetry.   My latest (5th) book, AMOROTICA,  was published in 2021 by Main Street Rag.

Publications & Prizes

Herman and the Ice Witch (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2014)
Never Far From Flesh (Main Street Rag, 2005)
The Forbidden (Pudding House Publications, 2004)
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Croton Review
Kansas Quarterly
Madison Review
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Nassau Review
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Verse Daily
Prizes won: 

NEA Fellowship 1984,  2013 Harry Hoyt Lacey Prize, Pushcart Poetry Prize Nominee in 2012 and in 2019. Finalist Academy of American Poets' Walt Whitman contest 1981,    "Winning" Finalist AWP's First Anniversary Poetry contest, 1983.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
British 18th and 19th Century novelists, particularly Trollope, Dickens, Austen as well as modern British charmers like Elizabeth [von Arnim], Marjorie Sharp, E.F. Benson. My favorite poems are Matthew Arnold's "Dover Beach," W.S Merwin's "Yesterday," Auden's "Musee des Beaux Arts," Whitman's "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking," Dickinson's "Success Is Counted Sweetest," C. Wright's "Virgo Descending," Hayden's "Those Winter Sundays," Marvel's "To His Coy Mistress," Dickey's "The Sleep Child," oh, and so many, many more; I have a personal anthology of several hundred wonderful poems, mostly by modern poets.
What I'm reading now: 
Antiarctica by Claire Keegan, Collected Poems by Louise Gluck

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Identifies as: 
Irish American
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Born in: 
Port Washington, Long Island, NY
New York
Raised in: 
Port Washington, NY
New York
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Last update: Jan 24, 2024