Sarah M. Sala is a poet and educator of Lebanese and Polish descent. Her career debuted after she authored Devil’s Lake (Tolsun Books 2020), an awarded poetry book full of powerful and moving works detailing violence committed against women.
The book was an instant success. It was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, a finalist for the Publishing Triangle Audre Lorde Poetry Award, as well as a semifinalist for the 2021 PSV North American Poetry Book Award.
Sarah M. Sala has also written a chapbook, The Ghost Assembly Line (Finishing Line Press 2016), filled with beautiful poems. Her poem Hydrogen was also featured in the “Elements” episode of NPR’s hit show, Radiolab.
Along with her “poetic” career, the Lebanese descent is the founding director of Office Hours Poetry Workshop and the Poetry editor at the Bellevue Literary Review.
Sarah is also a founding editor at The Oleander Review, International Editor for Washington Square Review, and manuscript screener for Alice James Books, in addition to the poetry reader for Epiphany Magazine.
In 2012, she earned her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Poetry from New York University. She became a Poets House Fellow in 2019, as well as a Home School Fellow in 2016 and 2018.
Her academic success did not stop here, as the poet got the acknowledgment she deserved. Her work was featured in several publications, namely BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, The Southampton Review, and The Stockholm Review of Literature, among others.
In recognition of her talent, Sarah M. Sala was honored by many institutions, earning the Lorene Pouncey Award, the Academy of American Poets University & College Prize, and the Avery Hopwood Award for Nonfiction, among other awards.
Currently living in Brooklyn, New York City, Sarah is now a clinical assistant professor in the Expository Writing Program at New York University.