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Sara Pirkle is a Southern poet, an identical twin, a breast cancer survivor, and a university instructor. Her first full-length collection of poetry, The Disappearing Act, won the 2016 Adrienne Bond Award for Poetry and was published by Mercer University Press in 2018. In 2019, she was nominated for Georgia Author of the Year in Poetry.

Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the 2015 Best of the Net Anthology, and the 2015 Independent Best American Poetry Award.  She has published in dozens of literary journals under the name Sara Pirkle Hughes, including Rattle, Reed, Rosebud, TAB, Atlanta Review, Southern Women's Review, Review Americana, and Atticus Review, among others.  She has also received writing fellowships from The Anderson Center, I-Park Foundation, and The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences.

Sara earned a PhD in English from Georgia State University in 2014 and an MFA in Creative Writing from Georgia College & State University in 2004. She is the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Creative Writing at The University of Alabama, where she also directs the Pure Products Reading & Lecture Series.