Sharon Bryan

9 Court St. Place #2

Arlington, MA 02476

(781) 316-1569

(801) 669-2630 cell phone

email via my contact page





1975-77                 MFA in Poetry, Writers’ Workshop, University of Iowa

1966-69                 MA in Anthropology, Cornell University

1961-65                 BA in Philosophy, University of Utah




Sharp Stars (poems), BOA Editions, 2009 (awarded the Isabella Gardner



(ed., with William Olsen), Planet on the Table: Poets on the Reading Life,        

Sarabande Books, 2003


Flying Blind (poems), Sarabande Books, 1996


(ed.) Where We Stand: Women Poets on Literary Tradition, Norton, 1993


Objects of Affection (poems), Wesleyan University Press, 1987


Salt Air (poems), Wesleyan University Press, 1983




These books have been reviewed in a number of publications, including The New York Times Book Review, Poetry, The Boston Globe,The Southern Review, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, The Georgia Review, The Seattle Times, The Commercial-Appeal (Memphis), Field, Tar River Poetry, The Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News (Salt Lake City), Small Press Review, Women’s Review of Books, Kalamazoo Gazette, and Amazon On-Line Booksellers.









Spring 2014           Visiting Poet, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA


Fall 2012-13           Adjunct faculty, Emerson College, Boston, MA


Fall 2010-present   Poetry faculty, Lesley University low-residency MFA Program


Spring 2009           Poetry faculty, Fairfield University low-residency MFA Program


January 2007-

Fall 2009               Visiting Professor of Poetry, University of Connecticut at Storrs



Spring 2006           Distinguished Poet-in-Residence, Fresno State University


Fall 2005             Poetry faculty, San Diego State University


2004-2008             Core faculty, Rainier Writers’ Workshop, low-residency MFA based

at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington


2003-2004           Visiting Poet, San Diego State University


Fall 2002               Poet-in-Residence, University of North Carolina at Wilmington


Spring 2001         Visiting Poet, University of Missouri at St. Louis


Distinguished-Writer-in Residence, Wichita State University

Visiting Poet, University of Missouri at St. Louis


1999-00               Visiting Poet, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio


1998-99               Visiting Poet, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan


1997-98               Visiting Poet, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan


Spring 1997         Poetry Faculty, Warren Wilson MFA Program, Warren Wilson

College, Swannanoa, North Carolina


October 1996       Poetry Workshop sponsored by Writers at Work, Salt Lake City,



Spring 1996             Visiting Professor, Department of English, University of



Fall 1995             Visiting Professor, Department of English, Dartmouth



Fall 1994             Visiting Professor, Department of English, Dartmouth College


1987-1995                 Associate Professor of English, Memphis State University,

and Editor, River City (formerly Memphis State Review)


1988-89,            Director of Creative Writing, Memphis State University



1984-87                     Acting Assistant Professor, Department of English,

University of Washington


1980-83                     Acting Instructor and Lecturer, Department of English,

University of Washington


1977-78                     Visiting Assistant Professor, Marlboro College





Summer Writers’ Conferences:


2004-07                 Rainier Writing Workshop annual residency


1998                     Third Coast Writers’ Conference, Kalamazoo, Michigan


1994                           Centrum Writers’ Conference, Port Townsend, Washington


  • The Frost Place Writers’ Conference, Franconia, New Hampshire


1991                           SUNY-Brockport Writers’ Conference, Brockport, New York


1983                         Spectrum Writers’ Conference, University of Washington


1980                           Creative Writing Workshop for Gifted Students, sponsored by the             Tacoma Public Schools, Fort Worden, Washington





I have also taught anthropology, linguistics (language as a medium), children’s literature, folktales and oral tradition, and poetic form and theory.










2009                     The Isabella Gardner Award for Sharp Stars


2007                     Fellowship in Poetry, Artist Trust, Washington State Arts Council


1996                     National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry


Senior Fellowship, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center


1995                     Utah Arts Council Grant for film collaboration: “Eureka, Utah”


1993                     Poet-in-Residence, The Frost Place, Franconia, New Hampshire


1992                     Tennessee Arts Commission Fellowship in Poetry


Faculty Research Grant, Memphis State University


1990                           Faculty Research Grant, Memphis State University


1987                           National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry


1985                           Award from the Arvon Foundation in The Observer and

Ronald Duncan Foundation International Poetry Competition


Governor’s Award from the State of Washington for Salt Air


1977                           Discovery Prize, awarded by The Nation


1976                         Academy of American Poets first prize, University of Iowa















Poems in Anthologies:


“Flying Blind,” in Air Fare, ed. Judith Taylor, Sarabande, 2004.


“Beyond Recall,” in Poetry 180, ed. Billy Collins, Random House, 2003.


“Sweater Weather,” in Good Poems, ed. Garrison Keillor, Viking, 2002.


“Sweater Weather,” in Writing Poems, ed. Robert Wallace and Michelle

Boisseau, Addison-Wesley Longman, 1999..


“Lunch with Girl Scouts,” in Real Things: An Anthology of Popular Culture in

           American Poetry, ed. Jim Elledge and Susan Swartout, Indiana University

Press (forthcoming).


“Ghazal: The Nightingale,” in Ghazals by Contemporary American Poets,

  1. Agha Shahid Ali.


“Hollandaise,” Vital Signs: Contemporary American Poetry from the University Presses, ed. Ronald Wallace, U. of Wisconsin Press, 1989, p. 362.


“Philobiblian,” Bumbershoot Anthology, ed. Trudy Mercer, Red Sky Press (Seattle), 1989, pp. 81-84.


“Big Sheep Knocks You About,” The Ploughshares Poetry Reader, ed. Joyce Peseroff, U. of Nebraska Press, 1987, pp. 52-54.


“Abiding Love,” “Pictures of Nothing,” Arvon Foundation 1985 Poetry Competition Anthology, ed. David Pease, London, 1987, pp. 6-11, 133-35.


“Deception Pass,” Spectrum: A Reader, eds. Ostrom, Garratt, and Turnbull, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986, pp. 156-57.


“Volunteer Work,” Monitor Anthology of Magazine Verse and Yearbook of American Poetry, ed. Alan F. Pater, Monitor Book Co., 1985, p. 52.


“Lunch with Girl Scouts,” “Hollandaise,” “Big Sheep Knocks You About,” Morrow Anthology of Younger American Poets, ed. David Bottoms and Dave Smith, Morrow, 1984, pp. 107-12.




Poems in Periodicals:


Poems have appeared in the following magazines and reviews (see List of Publications for complete details):


Alaska Quarterly, American Poetry Review, The Atlantic Monthly, Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Iowa Review, Ironwood, Memphis State Review, Missouri Review, The Nation, Network, Ohio Review, Ploughshares, Paris Review, Poetry, Poetry East, Poetry Northwest, Pool, Quarterly West, River Styx, Seattle Review, Seneca Review, Southern Review, Tendril, Third Coast,Weber Studies, Western Humanities Review



Poems on the Air:


Writer’s Almanac: Garrison Keillor has read “Ultrasound” and “Sweater Weather” (from Flying Blind) on his daily radio show.




“Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl,” in American Writers Classics, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2003.


“The Sound of Poetry,” in The Breath of Parted Lips: Voices from the Frost Place, CavanKerry Press, 2001.


“Around the Corner,” in In Short: An Anthology of Short Creative Nonfiction, ed. Judith Kitchen and Mary Paumier Jones, Norton, 1996.


“Seeing in the Dark,” in Facing the Lion: Best Writers’ Conference Lectures, ed. Kurt Brown, Beacon Press, 1996.


“Hearing Voices: John Berryman’s Translation of Private Dream into Public Song,” in Recovering Berryman: Essays on a Poet (selected conference papers), U. of Michigan Press, 1993, pp. 141-50.


“Free Verse Lineation,” in The Practice of Poetry, ed. Chase Twichell and Robin Behn, Harper Collins, 1992, pp. 181-82.


“Journal Excerpts,” Taking Note: From Poets’ Notebooks, ed. Stephen Kuusisto, Deborah Tall, and David Weiss, Hobart and William Smith Colleges Press, 1991, pp. 15-22.


“On Publishing Salt Air,” Hayden’s Ferry Review, No. 6 (Summer 1990), p. 108.


“Abstraction and Realism in Contemporary Poetry,” Tar River Poetry, Vol. 28, No. 1 (Fall 1988), pp. 101-106.






Papers Presented:


“Hearing Voices: John Berryman’s Translation of Private Vision into Public Song,” presented at: John Berryman: His Life, His Work, His Thought,” Minneapolis, October 1990.


“Seeing in the Dark,” presented at The Frost Place, Franconia, New Hampshire, August 1993.


“Women Poets on Literary Tradition,” A Woman’s Place Bookstore, March 1994


“Voice and Pronoun in Contemporary Poetry,” Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, North Carolina, January 1997.


“The Minor Self: Some Thoughts on Pronoun and Point of View in Contemporary Poetry,” University of Missoula, October 1997.


“Women Poets on Literary Tradition,” Waldo Library, Western Michigan

University, December 1997.






of: Green-the-Witch-Hazel Wood, by Emily Hiestand (Graywolf Press, 1989), Boston Review, Vol. XIV, No. 5 (Oct. 1989), pp. 24-26.


of: The Book of Mercy, by Kathy Cambor (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1996),

Inkslinger, (King’s English Bookstore, Salt Lake City, Utah), Fall 1996.


of: Riffs and Reciprocities, by Stephen Dunn, Fourth Coast, Michigan State University, Fall 1999.






I have given readings at numerous locations, including: Blacksmith House, Cornell University, The Getty Museum (Los Angeles Poetry Society), The Poetry Society of America, the 92nd Street Y, SUNY-Brockport, St. Bonaventure College, Sweet Briar College, University of Washington, Seattle Community College, Elliott Bay Bookstore, and Bookfest (Seattle), University of Montana, University of Utah, Dartmouth College, Boston University, Boston College, Books Inc. and Brazos Bookstore (Houston), Memphis State University, Murray State University, Indiana University, Marlboro College, Peninsula College (Port Angeles, Washington), Valparaiso University (Indiana), Missouri Arts Council (St. Louis), Davis-Kidd Bookstore, WEVL Radio, and Rhodes College (Memphis), The Frost Place (Franconia, New Hampshire), Centrum Writers’ Conference (Port Townsend, Washington), Westminster College, A Woman’s Place Bookstore (Salt Lake City), King’s English Bookstore (Salt Lake City), In the Company of Friends bookstore (Logan, Utah), Weber State University (Ogden, Utah), and King’s English bookstore (Salt Lake City), Warren Wilson College, Borders Bookstore (Towson, MD), Intermountain Independent Booksellers Annual Meeting (Salt Lake City), Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, John Rollins Bookstore (Kalamazoo), Stockton State College (New Jersey), Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, Ohio University, Waynesburg College (PA), the University of Tulsa, Houston Community College, Adelphi College, University of Missouri (St. Louis), Oakland University (Michigan).





I have been interviewed at a number of schools and poetry conferences and other events. They include the following: Ohio Public Radio (Athens), New Hampshire Public Radio, newspapers in Franconia and Concord, WEVL Radio (Memphis), KRAB Radio (Seattle), Elliott Bay Bookstore Newsletter, University of Montana student newspaper, the Salt Lake Tribune, the Deseret News (Salt Lake City), Inkslinger (Salt Lake City), the Commercial-Appeal (Memphis), Valparaiso University student newspaper, Dartmouth College newspaper, radio station KUSU (Ogden, Utah), KCPW (Park City, Utah), station WKMU, the Kalamazoo Gazette, and others.





with: Katharine Coles, in Inkslinger (King’s English Bookstore, Salt Lake City), August 1995.


with: Katharine Coles, in Catalyst (Salt Lake City), August 1995.


with: Pattiann Rogers, River City, Vol. X, No. 1 (Fall 1989), pp. 88-112.


with: Charles Altieri, River City, Vol. IX, No. 1 (Spring 1989), pp. 108-26.


with: Marvin Bell, River City, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Spring 1988), pp. 67-75.









“Planet on the Table: Poets on the Reading Life, AWP, spring 2003


“Women Poets on Literary Tradition,” Poets House, NYC, NY, March 1994


“Women Poets on Literary Tradition,” Associated Writing Programs Annual Conference, Tempe, Arizona, April 1994


“Women Poets on Literary Tradition,” Elliott Bay Bookstore, Seattle, Washington, August 1994






I have served as an Academy of American Poets Prize judge at the University of Utah, the University of Washington, the University of Montana, and Valparaiso University. I served as a poetry judge for the Missouri Arts Council Biennial Competition in 1992, and for the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Richard Stockton College Poetry Contest in 1998, the Michigan State writing awards in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, and the Ohio University (Sphere), awards in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.








I am working on two books, a new collection of poems tentatively titled “Flesh and Bone,” and on a nonfiction book, “Searching for Andras.” This book is based on my mother’s high school correspondence with a young man in Budapest, Hungary, from 1936-1941, and on extensive research I did to learn what became of Andras and his family during and after the war.

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