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Sharon Bryan

June 4, 2016

Sharon Bryan is a poet, teacher, and editor who has published four books of poems and edited two collections of essays.  She has taught in almost two dozen universities and writing programs around the country, and is currently on the poetry faculty of the low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Sharon Bryan has published four books of poems: Sharp Stars, Flying BlindObjects of Affectionand Salt Air. She also edited two collections of essays, Where We Stand: Women Poets on Literary Traditionand, with William Olsen, Planet on the Table: Poets on the Reading Life. She edited the literary magazine River City from 1988-1993.

Her awards include two fellowships in Poetry from the NEA, the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award for Sharp Stars, a Governor’s Award and Artist Trust Grant from Washington State, a Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center fellowship, a Utah Arts Council grant for the film collaboration Eureka, a Tennessee Arts Commission Fellowship in Poetry, an Arvon Foundation Award, a Discovery Prize from The Nation, and an Academy of American Poets first prize. She was poet-in-residence at The Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire.

Her poems have appeared in more than a dozen anthologies, including Poetry 180, ed. Billy Collins, Good Poems, ed. Garrison Keillor, and Writing Poems, ed. Robert Wallace and Michelle Boisseau. They have been published in many periodicals, including the American Poetry Review, The Atlantic, Crazyhorse, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares, Paris Review, and Poetry.

Her books have been reviewed in Book List, The Boston Globe, Field The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, The New York Times Book Review, Publishers Weekly, the Seattle Times, The Southern Review, Women’s Review of Books, and a number of other periodicals.

She has taught in almost two dozen programs and universities around the country, including the University of Connecticut, Emerson, Brandeis, Fresno State, San Diego State, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the University of Ohio, Western Michigan, Wichita State, the University of Houston, and Dartmouth. She is currently on the poetry faculty of the Lesley University low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


The Poetry Conversation

June 4, 2016



Welcome to The Poetry Conversation with Sharon Bryan.  I’ll be posting weekly thoughts on poetry, and I hope you’ll join in.  I think of this site as a big room with comfortable chairs where we can gather to talk about poems and poets, craft, translation, what it is to be a poet, what others are reading and listening to, whatever interests you.  I’ll be inviting other poets to do guest posts, so please feel free to make suggestions.




June 4, 2016

SOUNDINGS: Better Listening through Poetry, July 12 at 5:30, Cambridge Health Alliance, 10 Beacon St., Somerville, MA.  Free, but RSVP here.

Lesley residency, June 24-July 2