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Sarah Stern is the author of We Have Been Lucky In The Midst of Misfortune (Kelsay Books, Aldrich Press, 2018), But Today Is Different (Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2014), and Another Word For Love (Finishing Line Press, 2011).  Books are also available on BookshopAmazon, and other sites. Read Calyx and Jewish Week reviews, a Riverdale Press profileand a Q&A with DeborahKalbBooks.

She will be teaching via Zoom a six-week poetry workshop, Discovering Your Poem’s True Intention: Inspiration and Revision, at the Manhattan JCC,  Tuesdays, November 8-December 13, 2022, 7:00-9:00 pm EST. Registration is now open.

Stern is on the faculty of New York Writers Workshop and the Founder of SDGS Solutions, which helps organizations and businesses with a range of communications efforts. 

Stern was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2019 and 2018. She is a  five-time winner of the Bronx Council on the Arts’ BRIO Award for Poetry. She was short-listed for Ireland’s Fish Poetry Prize; a finalist for the Dora and Alexander Raynes Poetry Prize; and received Honorable Mentions from the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Awards and Lilith’s Poetry Prize.

Her poems have appeared in magazines, anthologies and online, most recently in Epiphany, The Man Who Ate His BookThe Best of ducts.org, Dash, East on Central, FreeFall, The American Dream Anthology, The New Verse News, Rise Up Review, Swwim Every DayWhat Rough BeastThe Woven Tale Press, and Verse Daily.  Visit her Artistic Resume. She graduated from Barnard College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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We Have Been Lucky In The Midst of Misfortune blurbs from Marilyn Kallet, Brooks Haxton, and Yerra Sugarman.

“Sarah Stern’s poems combine praise and laments, odes and elegies, and compress complex feelings into love poems to the reader. She harnesses the ‘strange muscle-beast’ of the tongue into songs that taste like edible blossoms of joy and loss––more joy than sorrow. ‘Absence has its own color,’ Stern tells us­­––demonstrates––in magical, inventive lines. These lyrics teach us about letting go without drama. Sometimes poetry does the work of therapy; sometimes, the work of painting and song. It’s all treasure, packed inside this volume, and now inside the reader’s imagination.”
—Marilyn Kallet, author of 18 books, including How Our Bodies Learned, poetry from Black Widow Press.

“Few writers develop the clarity of spirit, much less the skill, to let people and things dear to them arrive and reveal themselves. Sarah Stern, in her best poems, is such a writer. Breathtaking. And many of the poems in this collection are her best.”
—Brooks Haxton, author of They Lift Their Wings to Cry, Fading Hearts on the River, and My Blue Piano.

“With her crystalline poetics, surprisingly clear-cut and full-throated at the same time, Sarah Stern offers her readers the piercing force of sage, tender, and impassioned utterance. Her artfully understated voice rouses us to grasp what it is to be human and to live vehemently and wholeheartedly. ‘Sometimes a sentence / Makes you love a stranger,’ Stern insightfully writes in words that propel us to experience this poet’s formidable talents and compassion.”
—Yerra Sugarman is the author of two poetry collections, Forms of Gone and The Bag of Broken Glass.

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