Sarah Browning is the author of two collections of poems, Killing Summer (Sibling Rivalry, 2017) and Whiskey in the Garden of Eden (The Word Works, 2007). Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, Beloit Poetry Journal, Shenandoah, and many other journals and anthologies. She is co-founder and was Executive Director of Split This Rock: Poetry of Provocation & Witness for 10 years. She is an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies. She is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry and creative nonfiction at Rutgers University Camden.
Browning is the 2019 recipient of the Lillian E. Smith Writer-in-Service Award and of artist fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Corporation of Yaddo, Mesa Refuge, the Creative Communities Initiative, and the Adirondack Center for Writing. She has been guest editor or co-edited special issues of Beltway Poetry Quarterly, The Delaware Poetry Review, and three issues of POETRY magazine. From 2006 to 2019 Browning co-hosted the Sunday Kind of Love poetry series at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC. She has been nominated numerous times for the Pushcart Prize.
Browning is a columnist for the Other Words op ed service and her essays have appeared in newspapers around the country, in Common Dreams, Utne Reader, Sojourners, The Writer’s Notebook, VIDA Review, and other venues. She previously worked supporting socially engaged women artists with WomenArts and developing creative writing workshops with low-income women and youth with Amherst Writers & Artists. She has been a community organizer in Boston public housing and a grassroots political organizer on a host of social and political issues.
Author photo by Kristin Adair.