Sarah Rose Nordgren portrait color


Sarah Rose Nordgren is a poet, writer, and cultural organizer. She is the author of two award-winning poetry collections, Best Bones (University of Pittsburgh, 2014) and Darwin’s Mother (University of Pittsburgh, 2017), the creative nonfiction book Feathers: A Bird-Hat Wearer’s Journal, winner of the Essay Press Book Prize (Essay Press, 2024), and the prose chapbook The Creation Museum (Harbor Editions, 2022). Her poems and essays have appeared in American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and Narrative, and have been featured by PBS NewshourThe Slowdown podcast, Poetry Society of America, and Poetry Daily.

Among her awards are two winter fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, and fellowships and scholarships from the Sewanee and Bread Loaf Conferences, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Nordgren holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, an MFA in poetry from University of North Carolina Greensboro, and a PhD in English and Creative Writing from University of Cincinnati where she also earned a Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Sarah Rose lives in Durham, North Carolina, where she teaches poetry, serves as Emerging Poet Feature editor for 32 Poems, and is Founding Director of The School for Living Futures, an experimental, interdisciplinary project dedicated to creating new knowledge and possibility for our climate-changed future.