Sarah Nordgren

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Durham, NC
North Carolina US

Author's Bio

Sarah Rose Nordgren is an American poet, writer, teacher, and cultural organizer whose work explores feminism, the natural world, spirituality, science, and the human experience. She is the author of two poetry collections, Best Bones, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize (University of Pittsburgh, 2014) and Darwin’s Mother (University of Pittsburgh, 2017); the creative nonfiction book Feathers: A Bird-Hat Wearer’s Journal, winner of the Essay Press Book Prize (Essay Press, 2024); and the hybrid genre chapbook The Creation Museum (Harbor Editions, 2022). Nordgren’s poems and essays have appeared widely in periodicals for the past two decades, including in American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and Narrative, and have been featured by PBS Newshour, The Slowdown podcast, Poetry Daily, and elsewhere. Nordgren lives in her hometown of Durham, North Carolina where she teaches poetry, serves as Emerging Poet Feature editor for 32 Poems, and is the Founding Director of The School for Living Futures, an experimental, interdisciplinary organization dedicated to creating new knowledge and possibility for our climate-changed future.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Feathers: A Bird-Hat Wearer's Journal (Essay Press, 2024)


Best New Poets 2011 (University of Virginia Press, 2011)
Darwin's Mother (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017)
Prizes won: 

Essay Press Book Prize, Essay Press (2021)

Individual Excellence Award, Ohio Arts Council (2014)

Agnes Lynch Starrett Book Award, University of Pittsburgh Press (2013)

James Wright Award, Mid-American Review (2012)

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Frankfort, IL
Raised in: 
Durham, NC
North Carolina
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Last update: Apr 12, 2024