Sarah Sarai

Poet, Fiction Writer

N/A
New York, NY 10010
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Author's Bio

I'm a poet who began as a fiction writer. I worked on a mystery novel for years, then found my way into poetry. My three poetry collections are THAT STRAPLESS BRA IN HEAVEN (Kelsay Books: so far reviewed on the sites Constant Reader; Necromancy Doesn't Pay; and Heavy Feather Review; GEOGRAPHIES OF SOUL AND TAFFETA (Indolent Books: reviewed in Pleiades; The Bind; decomP; The Daily Art Source); and THE FUTURE IS HAPPY (BlazeVOX: reviewed in American Book Review and elsewhere). I've taught at Pace, Fordham University, in the CUNY system, at Antioch/Seattle and elsewhere. My MFA in Fiction is from Sarah Lawrence College. My body is in New York. My imagination roams. 
I help organize the annual Alternative New York Poetry Extravaganza, an all-day event; and have organized other readings which do not last 10 hours. 
I now work as an independent editor, copyediting, helping to develop, and proofreading works of fiction and nonfiction. Contact me for more information. 

Publications & Prizes

Fiction

Chapbook:
The Young Orator (Winged City Press, 2014)
Journals: ,
Bellowing Ark
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Callisto
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Connotation Press: An Online Artifact
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Fiction At Work
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Homestead Review
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Stet
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Stone's Throw
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Storyglossia
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Unlikely Stories
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VerbSap.com
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Weber Studies
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Webster Review
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West
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Poetry

Anthologies:
Birds fall silent in the mechanical sea (Great weather for MEDIA, 2019)
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Stonewall's Legacy (Local Gems Press, 2019)
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Like a Fat Gold Watch: Meditations on Sylvia Plath and Living (Fat Gold Watch Press, 2017)
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Composing Poetry: A Guide to Writing Poems and Thinking Lyrically (Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2016)
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Gathered: Contemporary Quaker Poets (Sundress Publications, 2013)
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The OR Panthology: Ocellus Reseau (Other Rooms Press, 2013)
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Maintenant 6 (Three Rooms Press, 2012)
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Say It Loud: Poems About James Brown (Whirlwind Press, 2011)
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you say. say. (Uphook Press, 2009)
Books:
That Strapless Bra in Heaven (Kelsay Books, 2019)
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Geographies of Soul and Taffeta (Indolent Books, 2018)
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The Future Is Happy (BlazeVOX books, 2009)
Chapbooks:
O You of the Cotton Pajamas! (Dusie Press, 2016)
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I Feel Good (Beard of Bees, 2013)
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Emily Dickinson's Coconut Face (Dusie Press, 2013)
Journals: ,
Ascent
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Barrow Street
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Big City Lit
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Dressing Room Poetry Journal
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Flaneur Foundry
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Folly Magazine
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Ghost City Review
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GHOTI
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Isacoustic
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Lambda Literary
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MiPOesias
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Mississippi Review
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Otoliths
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Pank
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Parthenon West Review
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Ping Pong
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Prelude
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Red Peter
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Sprung Formal
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The Wallace Stevens Journal
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Vending Machine Press
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West Wind Review
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Willows Wept Review
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Yew
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Zocalo Public Square
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Fine Madness
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Frigg Magazine
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Minnesota Review
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Potomac Review
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Stained Sheets
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Prizes won: 

Seattle Arts Commission Grant in Scriptwriting/ King County Arts Commission Grant in Fiction/ King County Arts Commission Grant (as editor) for special issue of Northwest Ethnic News/ National Endowment for Humanities for Secondary Educators: Summer Seminar at Kenyon College/ Winner of the LordJesusChristSavior poetry contest (chosen by Helen Losse).

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
James Baldwin, Claudia Rankine, Anne Carson, Christopher Bram, Jonathan Dee, Mina Loy, Daphne du Maurier, and many others, including the old folks in the canon.

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Born in: 
Port Washington, NY
New York
Raised in: 
Los Angeles, CA
California
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Last update: Apr 27, 2020