Dr. Sarah A. Chavez

West Virginia, United States

Member Since: 11/14/2011


Sarah A. Chavez, a mestiza born and raised in the California Central Valley, is the author of two collections of poetry, the debut full-length collection Hands That Break & Scar (Sundress Publications, 2017) and All Day, Talking (Dancing Girl Press, 2014), a selection of which won the Susan Atefat Peckham Fellowship. Her manuscript, This, Like So Much, was an Honorable Mention for the 2013 Quercus Review Press Poetry Book Contest and she was named one of the 2016 Top Ten "New" Latino Authors to Watch (and Read) by LatinoStories.com. Chavez holds a PhD in English with a focus in poetry and Ethnic Studies from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in the anthologies Xicanx: Mexican American Writers of the 21st Century , Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzalduan Borderlands, and Bared: An Anthology on Bras and Breasts, as well as the journals Brevity, North American Review, Acentos Review, and The Boiler Journal, among others. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor teaching creative writing, literature, and composition at Marshall University, and also serves as the coordinator of the A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series. She is a proud member of the Macondo Writers Workshop. For more information please visit: www.sarahachavez.com


Website: www.sarahachavez.com

Twitter Username: @sa_chavez7


  • Hands That Break & Scar , Sundress Publications (September 2017)
  • All Day, Talking , Dancing Girl Press (September 2014)


  • Fredrick A and Minnie J.M. Stuff Memorial Placement Fellowship(2014)
  • Stuff Dissertation Fellowship(2013)
  • Susan Atefat Peckham Fellowship(2013)
  • Ford Foundation Predoctoral Competition, Honorable Mention(2012)
  • Arts & Letters/ Rumi Prize for Poetry, Finalist(2012)
  • Vreeland Award for Poetry(2011)
  • Chancellor's Doctoral Fellowship(2009)
  • Excellence in Education, Ball State University Correctional Education Program(2008)
  • Quercus Press Review, Fall Poetry Prize, Honorable Mention(2014)


  • T.A. / Instructor at University of Nebraska - Lincoln (August 2009 - May 2014)
  • Lecturer at Ball State University (July 2008 - May 2009)
  • Lecturer at BSU - Correctional Education Program (May 2007 - August 2008)
  • Writing Center Tutor at California State University, Fresno (July 2003 - May 2005)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor at Marshall University (August 2014 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University - Fresno (May 2003)
  • Master of Arts in English/ Creative Writing from Ball State University (May 2007)
  • Doctoral Degree in Eng./Creative Writing & Ethnic Studies from University of Nebraska - Lincoln (May 2014)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry