Sara Michas-Martin is a poet and nonfiction writer who draws inspiration from science and the natural world. Specific teaching interests include contemporary American poetry, environmental humanities, science communication and hybrid forms.
Her book, Gray Matter, winner of the Poets Out Loud Prize and nominated for the Colorado Book Award, is a creative investigation of the relationship between the brain and one’s conscious understanding of identity and self. Current projects include a nonfiction manuscript (Black Boxes) that draws on medical, cultural and natural history to consider the depth of maternal capacities, and how the logic of the body corresponds, or is in tension with, current ecological and social systems. Hold It All, a poetry manuscript, takes on deep ecology and the ethics of care in a moment of environmental precarity.
Sara holds a BFA in visual art from the University of Michigan and an MFA in poetry from the University of Arizona. She is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow and has received grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for Women, the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg prize, as well as fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Bread Loaf and Squaw Valley Writers’ conferences. Her poems and essays have been published in the American Poetry Review, The Believer, Crazyhorse, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the New England Review, HarvardReview, Kenyon Review, Terrain.org and elsewhere. She lives with her family east of Monterey Bay.