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The Morning Star lists The Explosive Expert’s Wife as one of its “books of the year.”

 

Santa Fe’s Audio Saucepan features Shara’s poem, “Before the Bridal Shop.”

For its sixth episode, Vita Readings podcast offers enthusiastic coverage of “The Explosive Expert’s Wife,” including shout-outs to Wadi Rum, the afterlife, and #SeptWomenPoets.


Many thanks to the editors of Birmingham Poetry Review for nominating “The Ugly American” for the Pushcart Prize.

Verse Daily presents “The Clinic Bomber's Mother.”

 

“Figures Made to Touch: An Interview” is now live at 32 Poems!

 

Poetry Daily features “The Accused Terrorist’s Wife.”

In a podcast for the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre, Shara discusses domestic terrorism, sonnets, and women writing war.

Shara joins Acre Books as Assistant Poetry Editor!

Consequence: An International Magazine on the Culture of War publishes an enthusiastic review of The Explosive Expert’s Wife.

 

The San Francisco Chronicle features “Lines Following a Husband’s Departure” in its STATE LINES column.

 

The Emma Press includes “The Long Flight Home” in its anthology In Transit: Poems of Travel.

 

Shara wins The 2018 Collins Prize for the best work appearing in The Birmingham Poetry Review.

 

The Literary Review posts a glowing review of The Explosive Expert’s Wife.


The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat
with Shara is now online.


Nick Ripatrazone of The Millions names The Explosive Expert’s Wife a “Must-Read” book of poetry for March 2018.


The Poem’s Country, a collection of essays from Pleiades Press and co-edited with poet Bruce Snider is now available for order.

The Rumpus
includes The Explosive Expert’s Wife among its“What to Read” list for 2018. Editor Brian Spears explains why he chose the collection for the magazine’s Poetry Book Club.

The Week
features The Explosive Expert’s Wife on “21 Books to Read in 2018.”

Copper Nickel publishes two poems in its most recent issue and features “Plausible Deniability” online.

The Kenyon Review publishes“Letter to Bruce in Paradise, Indiana,” as well as an interview about epistolary poetry and “Letter to Rania in Amman.”

 

FSG features Shara’s conversation with Frank Bidart in Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016.

The Explosive Expert’s Wife, Shara’s second collection of poetry, is available for order from University of Wisconsin Press.

 

Shara joins the Steering Committee of Oxford Writers’ House.

 

“On the Poetry of Japanese Painting”: with Paula Bohince at LitHub.

 

The Best American Essays 2016, edited by Jonathan Franzen & Robert Atwan, lists “Point Blank” as a Notable Essay.


Still Life with Poem: 100 Natures Mortes, which includes “Less the Shadow,” is now available from Literary House Press.

 

“Vertigo: Boston / The Middle East” has been honored with the 2015 Patricia Aakhus Award for the best work across all genres appearing in Southern Indiana Review for the given year.

 

Essay on ex-pat life in Jordan forthcoming in Cincinnati Review.

“Letter to Bruce in Paradise, Indiana” is a finalist for Poetry Society of America’s George Bogin Memorial Award.

 

Poet Rochelle Hurt’s insightful commentary on “The Clinic Bomber’s Mother” is online. Read the poem here.

 

A feature on “The Poem’s Country,” a collection of essays Shara is co-editing with poet Bruce Snider, debuts at West Branch.

 

“The Ugly American” receives the 2015 Erika Mumford Prize from The New England Poetry Club.

 

“Things Green” will appear in Tinderbox Edition’s forthcoming anthology of lyric essays.

 

The National Endowment for the Arts awards Shara a 2015 Individual Artist Fellowship in Poetry.

“In Jordan’s Northernmost Province” will apear in Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Poetry Justice Anthology (University of Georgia).

 

“Point Blank,” an essay on guns, mental illness, and forgiveness appears in the Winter 2015 issue of Gettysburg Review.


“Devotions: Coming Out on Matters of Faith,” originally part of Southern Humanities Review’s contemporary poetry symposium, will be reprinted in The Orison Anthology Vol. 1 (Orison Books).

 

“Aubade: Amman,” from Colorado Review, runs at Poetry Daily.

 

“Take My Yoke Upon You: Poets & (Dis)Belief”: on Katie Ford, Malachi Black, and Spencer Reece.

 

Southern Humanities Review names Shara runner-up for the 2014 Auburn Witness Poetry Prize honoring the late Jake Adam York.

New poems and a lyric essay forthcoming in Colorado Review, Hampden-Sydney Review, and Pleiades.

Christian Anton Gerard reviews Two-Headed Nightingale for Smartish Pace.

 

Shara is pleased to be named the first Anne Spencer Poet-in-Residence at Randolph College.

 

Poet and physician David Moolten’s essay on “Dynamite: A Prelude” is online. Click here to read the poem.


Interview with 2013 National Book Award Winner Mary Szybist, author of Incarnadine.

 

“Pas de Deux” feature at The Cincinnati Review.

 

Ryan Teitman shares his thoughts on Two-Headed Nightingale at The Rumpus.

 

In conversation with National Book Award finalists Frank Bidart (Metaphysical Dog) and Lucie Brock-Broido (Stay, Illusion).


Gratitude to the editors of Crazyhorse for nominating
“In Jordan’s Northernmost Province” for the Pushcart Prize.

Recent interviews with National Book Awards finalists
Adrian Matejke (The Big Smoke) and Matt Rasmussen
(Black Aperture).

 

Poetry Editor Renee Ashley’s feature essay on Two-Headed Nightingale appears in The Literary Review.

 

Many thanks to Late Night Library (especially Lucas Bernhardt, Sara Seybold, and Paul Martone) for a lively discussion of Two-Headed Nightingale.

 

The Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College has chosen Shara as the winner of the 2014 Mary Wood Fellowship.

 

New poems forthcoming in Michigan Quarterly Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Gulf Coast.

 

Two-Headed Nightingale gets a little love from The Poetry Foundation.

 

Now available from UNC Press: Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina, which includes Shara’s ode to the Roanoke River Lighthouse.

 

Two-Headed Nightingale is featured in the January / February 2013 issue of Poets & Writers as part of the magazine’s “Flame & Shine: An Annual Look at Debut Poets.”

 

The Ecopoetry Anthology (edited by Ann Fisher-Worth & Laura-Gray Street with an introduction by Robert Hass) includes Shara’s poem,“Tooth of the Lion,” and is now available from Trinity University Press.

 

Shara is pleased to join West Branch as a Contributing Editor. Her column “Split the Lark” will appear annually.

 

Things Green,” a lyric essay, is available online at New England Review.


How a Poem Happens: interview.

 

Verse Daily features “Prometheus as Sparrow.”


Visit Poetry Daily to read Shara’s thoughts on Charlotte Mew’s “The Farmer’s Bride” as part of the Poet’s Pick series.

Upcoming Readings / Guest Appearances

JANUARY 2018

DISPLACED VOICES SERIES

Friday, 18 (7:30 p.m.)
Somerville College Chapel, Oxford


FEBRUARY 2019

OXFORD POETRY SOCIETY
Wednesday, 13
Oxford, England
Details forthcoming

 


MARCH 2019

STaNZA INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL

Friday, 8 (11:30 to 12:30)
St. Andrews, Fife
The Town Hall, Queens Gardens


MAY & JUNE 2019


UNAMUNO AUTHORS FESTIVAL
May 27 to June 1
Madrid, Spain
Details forthcoming

PAST:


OBheal (Cork, Ireland), Desperate Literature (Madrid, Spain), Beacon Festival (Watlington, Oxfordshire), Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre, University of San Francisco Emerging Writers Festival, Towson University, Baltimore Writer’s Conference, The Wisconsin Book Festival, Washington College, University of Wisconsin at Plattesville, Randolph College, Hampden-Sydney College, University of Cincinnati (Emerging Poets Festival), The Word Works Cafe Muse Series (Washington, DC), George Mason University (Fall for the Book), Boston Public Library, Connecticut College, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Lawrence University, Goucher College, The 92nd Street Unterberg Poetry Center (“Discovery”/The Nation Prize Reading), Colgate University, Stanford University, University of Texas at Austin, Wake of the Storm: Writers to Benefit Hurricane-Ravaged Colleges, Menlo School, Los Altos High School, GW Community School, University of Maryland, American Community School (Amman, Jordan), The Field School