Appropriate(ly) Short for Public Use Bio:
Sarah A. Chavez, a mestiza born and raised in the California Central Valley, is the author of the poetry collections, Hands That Break & Scar (Sundress Publications, 2017) and All Day, Talking (dancing girl press, 2014), selections of which were awarded the Susan Atefat Peckham Fellowship. She holds a PhD in English with a focus in poetry and Ethnic Studies from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in the anthologies Xicanx: Mexican American Writers of the 21st Century and Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzalduan Borderlands as well as the journals Pretty Owl Poetry, Atticus Review, Brevity, North American Review, and The Fourth River Tributaries Series, among others. She recently joined the faculty at the University of Washington Tacoma where she teaches creative writing and Latinx/Chicanx-focused courses. She serves as the poetry coordinator for Best of the Net Anthology and is a proud member of the Macondo Writers Workshop.
Longer, More Full of Facts Bio:
Sarah A. Chavez is a mestiza born and raised in the California Central Valley where she worked every job from farm laborer, to janitor and maintenance, to barista, to waitress, house-sitter, web editor, tutor, and finally administrative assistant for a Native American drug and alcohol recovery home before going back to school to pursue writing and teaching. She earned a PhD in English with a focus in Creative Writing (poetry) and an interdisciplinary specialization in Ethnic Studies, with a focus on Chicanx/Latinx & Native American literature and culture, from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. During her academic career her work has been the recipient of the Marshall University Faculty Women of Color Award (2017), the Fredrick A. and Minnie J.M. Stuff Memorial Placement Fellowship (2014), the Quercus Press Review, Fall Poetry Book Award, Honorable Mention (2013), Stuff Dissertation Fellowship (2013), the Susan Atefat Peckham Fellowship, Literary Contest (2013), the Arts & Letters/ Rumi Prize for Poetry, finalist (2012), the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Competition, Honorable Mention (2012), the Vreeland Award (2011), Chancellor's Doctoral Fellowship (2009 – 2011), and the Excellence in Education, 2007 – 2008 teaching award from Ball State University’s Correctional Education Program. In 2016, she was named one of the Top 10 "New" Latinos to Watch (and Read) by Latinostories.com.
Her poetry can be found or is forthcoming in the anthologies. IMANIMAN: Poets Reflect on Transformative & Transgressive Borders Through Gloria Anzaldúa's Work, Political Punch: Anthology of Political Poetry, Bared: An Anthology on Bras and Breasts, Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence, Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary Anthology of Women and Place, and In Gilded Frame: An Anthology of Ekphrastic Poetry, as well as the journals Brevity, The Pittsburgh Poetry Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Third Wednesday, LunaLuna Magazine, The Fourth River, North American Review & The Acentos Review among others. Her chapbook, All Day, Talking, was published by Dancing Girl Press in September 2014. Her debut full-length collection Hands That Break & Scar was published by Sundress Publications in August 2017.
Along with teaching poetry workshops, ethnic studies, and literature at Marshall University, she enjoys facilitating writing workshops and book clubs in the greater community which exists outside university walls.
Short Keepin' it Real Bio:
While it would be accurate to say that I am a writer who enjoys drinking copious amounts of coffee, reading, and film, it would only be fair to confess that I am also a California-born/writer/liberal/hyper-educated stereotype -- riding bicycles as transportation, vegetarianism, yoga, cats, microbrew beer, & thrift store shopping. But if I'm being real real, I'd add being nosy, occasional bouts of insomnia, short as hell, sometimes caustic, foul-mouthed, closet lover of most things super hero-related who eats popcorn out of tiny baseball helmets while watching Guardians of the Galaxy for the ninetieth time.