Sarah Maclay

Clinical professor: B.A., Oberlin College; M.F.A., Vermont College.

Sarah Maclay is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Music for the Black Room (2011) and The White Bride (2008), a book of prose poems (all, U of Tampa Press). Her poetry, criticism and theatre pieces have appeared in more than seventy publications. Among them are The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, FIELD, Hotel Amerika, The Writer’s Chronicle, Solo, Pool, ZZYZYVA, lyric, Ninth Letter, The Laurel Review, The Journal, Poemeleon, Scenarios: Scripts to Perform, The Best American Erotic Poems: From 1800 to the Present (Scribner), Slope 47, VerseDaily and Poetry International, where she serves as Book Review Editor.

Her debut full-length, Whore (2004), won the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry in 2003 and was also a finalist for the Blue Lynx Prize and a semi-finalist for the Kenyon Review Poetry Prize, the Cleveland State University Poetry Prize and the Tupelo Press First Book Prize. The recipient of a 2005 Albert and Elaine Borchard Fellowship, several Pushcart nominations, and a special mention in Pushcart Prize XXXI, she became the artistic director of The 3rd Area: Poetry at Pharmaka in 2008, and was a Grisham Visiting Writer in 2009. She was also a winner of the 2003 dA Center for the Arts Poetry Contest and first runner-up in the Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange Contest—2007. 

The author, as well, of three limited edition chapbooks, Ice from the Belly (Farstarfire), Shadow of Light (Inevitable) and Weeding the Duchess (Black Stone), she earned degrees from Oberlin College and Vermont College and has taught at LMU since 2005, as well as conducting periodic workshops at Beyond Baroque, the Ruskin Art Club and for LMU Extension. At Loyola Marymount, she has taught three levels of poetry workshops for majors, creative writing for non-majors, modern American poetry, contemporary poetry, introduction to poetry courses, college writing, and independent studies in poetry for grad students. She is currently completing She”a braided collaboration of fifty poems each, with the poet Holaday Mason.