Sarah Heady (b. 1985) is the author of Niagara Transnational (Fourteen Hills, 2013), winner of the 2013 Michael Rubin Book Award, and Tatted Insertion (San Francisco State University, 2014, with artist Leah Virsik). Her manuscript "Comfort," a poetic meditation on female solitude, agency, and relationship set on the prairies of the American West, was a finalist for the 2016 Colorado Prize for Poetry, the 2016 Omnidawn Open, and the 2016 Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Open Book Poetry Competition.
Sarah is writing the libretto for UNFINISHED: An Opera, in collaboration with Vital Opera and new music composer Joshua Groffman, who has previously adapted her texts for vocal and electroacoustic works. She co-edits Drop Leaf Press, a small women-run poetry outfit that released its first full-length title, PRIMA VERA by Jill Tomasetti, in 2015. Sarah was a founding member of the New Philadelphia Poets, a writing and performance collective whose work was featured in the Philly Fringe Festival. In 2013 she was a writer-in-residence at Art Farm in Marquette, Nebraska, and in 2014 she received a fellowship to attend the Summer Literary Seminars in Vilnius, Lithuania.
A native of New York’s Hudson Valley and a graduate of Oberlin College, Sarah currently makes her home in San Francisco, where she recently completed her MFA in poetry at San Francisco State University.