Sara Michas-Martin is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University. Her work has been published in the American Poetry Review, The Believer, Best New Poets, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. A recipient of a BFA in visual arts from the University of Michigan and an MFA from the University of Arizona, she currently lives in Colorado.
"This eloquent work offers the reader a rare mix of lyrical intensity and abstract rigor. These are poems of inner adventure and outward event, the one sometimes easing into the other like figures at dusk. The narratives here are compelling and the craft hard-earned, making for a wonderful debut collection."
"These poems are kaleidoscopic and pulsing; their living focus shows us that instability too has its elegance, that thought like music is in movement. This is a vibrant, beautifully synaptic book."
"'Around the head / stirs a haze of gases' and 'I’ll try this once more / despite everyday distortions,' says Sara Michas-Martin, a poet who works stubbornly at knowing and simultaneously examines the equipment and mechanisms by which we attempt to know. It is that stubborn, intrepid threading-the-needle-kind-of-thinking that makes the poems in Gray Matter fresh and reliable."
Fordham University Press