Poet Lore and The Writer’s Center welcome poets Sara R. Burnett, Melanie Figg, and Elizabeth Hazen for a reading of their work on womanhood, trauma, memory, mythmaking, and more
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Sara R. Burnett is the author of Seed Celestial, winner of the 2021 Autumn House Press Poetry Prize, forthcoming in fall 2022. She is also the chapbook author of Mother Tongue (Dancing Girl Press, 2018) and has published in Barrow Street, Copper Nickel, Matter, PANK and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the University of Maryland, and a MA in English Literature from the University of Vermont. Previously, Sara worked as a public high school English teacher. In addition to writing poetry and essays, she also writes picture books. She lives in Maryland with her family. Her website is: www.sararburnett.com
Melanie Figg’s poetry collection, Trace, was named one of the “Best Indie Books of the Year” by Kirkus Reviews. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MD State Arts Council, the Jerome and McKnight Foundations, and others. Her work has been published in dozens of literary journals including The Iowa Review, Nimrod, The Rumpus, and the American Journal of Poetry. As a certified professional coach, she teaches writing, offers women’s writing retreats, and works 1-1 with writers.
Elizabeth Hazen is a poet and essayist. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, American Literary Review, Shenandoah, Southwest Review, and other journals. She has published two collections of poetry with Alan Squire Publishing, Chaos Theories (2016) and Girls Like Us (2020). She lives in Baltimore with her family.