SARAH GORHAM is a poet, essayist, and publisher who resides in Prospect KY. She was born in Santa Monica, California in 1954. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa in 1978 and her BA in 1976 from Antioch College.
Four Way Books will publish her fourth collection of poetry, Bad Daughter, in 2011. The press also published her third collection, The Cure (2003) and her second, The Tension Zone (1996), which won the 1994 Four Way Books Award in Poetry, judged by Heather McHugh. Her debut volume, Don’t Go Back to Sleep, appeared from Galileo Press in 1989. She co-edited the anthology Last Call: Poems on Alcoholism, Addiction, and Deliverance, with Jeffrey Skinner, published in 1997 by Sarabande Books.
Gorham’s poems have been published widely in Best American Poetry, Poetry, The Nation, Antaeus, American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, Grand Street, DoubleTake, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, Ohio Review, Georgia Review, Southern Review, Missouri Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry Northwest, where she won the Carolyn Kizer Award. Her essays have appeared in The Iowa Review, AGNI, AGNI Online, Pleiades, Gulf Coast, Quarterly West, Poets and Writers, Fourth Genre, Creative Nonfiction, Real Simple, and Arts & Letters. In 2002, she and her husband Jeffrey Skinner served as poets-in-residence at the James Merrill House in Stonington, Connecticut. Other awards include grants and fellowships from The Kentucky State Arts Council, The Kentucky Foundation for Women, The Delaware State Arts Council, The Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Yaddo, MacDowell, Vermont Studio Center, and the VCCA. She received the Gertrude Claytor Prize from the Poetry Society of America and won the Prairie Schooner Reader’s Choice Award.
In March 1994, Gorham founded Sarabande Books, Inc. a small press devoted to the publication of poetry, short fiction, and literary nonfiction. Gorham serves as President and Editor-in-Chief. She is the wife of poet Jeffrey Skinner, the mother of Laura and Bonnie Skinner, and the grandmother of Lucille and Josephine Renda.
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