Award-Winning Poet Sarah Maclay Is Grisham Visiting Writer March 9

Sarah Maclay

Sarah Maclay

Miss. – Award-winning poet Sarah Maclay visits the University of
Mississippi Monday (March 9) as part of the John and Renee Grisham
Visiting Writer Series.

Maclay is scheduled to give a 7 p.m.
reading in Peabody Hall, Room 209. She will sign books immediately
following the event, which is free and open to the public.

are eager to welcome Sarah Maclay to the University of Mississippi,”
said Ann Fisher-Wirth, professor of English. “She is a challenging and
captivating poet, and a wonderful performer of her work.”

Maclay is the author of numerous books of poetry, including “The White Bride” (University of Tampa Press, 2008) and “Whore” (University of Tampa Press, 2004), which won the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. A multiple Pushcart Prize nominee, she received Special Mention in the Pushcart Prize XXXI, and she was first runner-up in the 2007 Poets and Writers California Writers Exchange Contest. She also received an Albert and Elaine Borchard Fellowship.

Maclay has written three limited edition chapbooks: “Shadow of Light,” “Ice from the Belly” and “Weeding the Duchess.” Her poems, essays and reviews have been published widely, appearing in APR, FIELD, Ploughshares, The Writers’ Chronicle, VerseDaily, Pool, The Laurel Review, The Journal and Poetry International, for which she is book review editor.

Born in Montana, Maclay earned degrees from Oberlin College and the M.F.A. program at Vermont College. She has taught at the University of Southern California and Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

She is a visiting assistant professor at Loyola Marymount University. She was recently drafted to serve as the artistic director of The Third Area: Poetry at Pharmaka, a reading series at a collective-run art gallery in downtown Los Angeles. Maclay lives in Venice, where she conducts private workshops.

“Maclay brings to the urban landscape much of what Alcosser brings to the wild places – rough, self-startling observations, deep sensuality and a ravenous fascination with human concerns – all balanced with a keen, keen ear,” wrote literary critic and poet Robert Peake.

For more information or for assistance related to a disability, contact Ann Fisher Wirth at 662-915-7439 or by e-mail at For more information on the Department fo English, go to .