Sarah Heady

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A native of New York’s Hudson Valley, Sarah Heady (b. 1985) is the author of Niagara Transnational (Fourteen Hills, 2013), winner of the 2013 Michael Rubin Book Award, and Tatted Insertion (San Francisco State University, 2014), with artist Leah Virsik. Her manuscript “Comfort,” a poetic meditation on female solitude, agency, and relationship set on the prairies of the American West, was a finalist for the 2016 Colorado Prize for Poetry and a semifinalist in the 2016 Omnidawn Open; an earlier manuscript, “Corduroy Road,” was a finalist for the 2013 Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Prize.

Sarah holds a BA from Oberlin College and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. She was a founding member of the New Philadelphia Poets, a writing and performance collective whose work was featured at the Philly Fringe Festival, the Bowery Poetry Club, and the Kelly Writers House. In 2013 she was a writer-in-residence at Art Farm in Marquette, Nebraska, and in 2014 she received a fellowship to attend the Summer Literary Seminars in Vilnius, Lithuania. Sarah lives in San Francisco, where she works as a grant writer and co-edits Drop Leaf Press, a small women-run poetry outfit. More at