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, medical 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 self. A current project, titled Out in the Field, explores the biological and social transformation of new mothers. Integrating memoir and research, the text weaves together natural history, sleep science and the evolution of technology used to see inside the body.
Sara holds a BFA from the University of Michigan and an MFA from the University of Arizona. She is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow and has received grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, 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, Best New Poets, FIELD, Harvard Review, Kenyon Review, Threepenny Review and elsewhere. She lives with her family east of Monterey Bay and counts deer and bobcats among her neighbors.