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Winner of the Academy of American Poets Prize, SARAH McKINSTRY-BROWN studied poetry at the University of New Mexico, the University of Sheffield, England, and the University of Nebraska. In 2004, she won the Blue Light Poetry Prize for her collection When You Are Born and has since been published everywhere from West Virginia’s standardized tests to Omaha bus benches. Her poems have been featured on alongside the works of Emily Dickinson and Lord Byron and she’s been published in a number of poetry slam anthologies including The Spoken Word Revolution Redux, which featured Billy Collins, Ted Kooser, and Jeff Buckley. Most recently, her work has been published in Nebraska Presence, an Anthology of Nebraska Writers, Plainsongs, The Sow’s Ear, Chicago Quarterly Review, and The Cimarron Review. Sarah received her MFA in Poetry at the University of Nebraska and lives in Omaha with her husband, the poet Matt Mason, and their two beautiful, feisty daughters. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Cradling Monsoons, won the 2010 Blue Light Poetry Prize. For more information or to purchase a book, go to

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