PhD in English, Georgia State University (2014)

Primary Specialization: Poetry

Secondary Specialization: Fiction


MFA in Creative Writing, Georgia College & State University (2004)

Primary Specialization: Poetry

Secondary Specialization: Creative Nonfiction


BA in English, Mercer University (2002)

Minor in Women's and Gender Studies



The University of Alabama, Fall 2017 – present

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Creative Writing, Department of English, College of Arts & Sciences


Middle Georgia State University, Fall 2015 – Summer 2017

Full-Time Lecturer of English, College of Arts & Sciences


Mercer University, Summer 2010 – Spring 2015

Senior Lecturer, College of Liberal Arts

Instructor, Penfield College of Mercer University


Georgia State University, Fall 2008 – Spring 2014

Advanced Teaching Fellow, Summer 2012 – Spring 2014

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Fall 2008 – Spring 2012


Georgia College, Fall 2003 – Spring 2008

Adjunct Instructor, Fall 2004 – Spring 2008

Graduate Teaching Fellow, Fall 2003 – Spring 2004



Nominee for 2019 Georgia Author of the Year Award in Poetry

2018 nominee for The Pushcart Prize in poetry for "What Hurts"

The Disappearing Act named "July Read of the Month" by Southern Literary Review (read review here)

2017 nominee for The Pushcart Prize in poetry for "The Fire Next Door"

Winner of the 2016 Adrienne Bond Award for Poetry (Mercer University Press Book Award) for The Disappearing Act

Longlisted for the 2016 Lascaux Prize in Poetry

2015 nominee for The Pushcart Prize in poetry for “The Kingdom of Childhood”

2015 Best of the Net Anthology nominee for “Your Laughing, or My Trying to Make it Happen”

2015 Independent Best American Poetry nominee for “The Makeout Party”

Featured Poet with Personal Interview, Atticus Review. 2 Feb. 2015. Web.

Featured Poet, Melodically Challenged. “Struttin’ Our Stuff” episode. WRAS (88.5 FM), Atlanta. 30 Nov. 2014. Radio.

Honorable Mention, Spark: A Creative Anthology Contest Six, Summer 2014 for “My Father Watching His Father Die”

Finalist, Poetry, Agnes Scott College Writers’ Festival Competition -- Spring 2011, Spring 2010Spring 2009Spring 2003Spring 2001and Spring 2000

Finalist, Creative Nonfiction, Agnes Scott College Writers’ Festival, Spring 2003

Susan Dorothy Colquitt Scholar, Georgia College & State University, Fall 2003 – Spring 2004

Finalist, AWP Intro Awards, Nonfiction, Fall 2003

Honorable Mention, Academy of American Poets Prize, Spring 2003

Finalist, Poetry and Nonfiction categories, AWP Intro Awards, Fall 2002



Winter Workshop, I-Park Foundation, Inc. (East Haddam, CT), March 2018

Artist-in-Residence, The Anderson Center at Tower View (Red Wing, MN), May 2017 

Hambidge Creative Residency Fellowship, The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences (Rabun Gap, GA), May/June 2012 and July 2017

Artist-in-Residence, I-Park Foundation, Inc. (East Haddam, CT), June 2013 and June 2016



“The Speed of Light.” Unlost Journal. Issue 16 (Feb. 2019). Web.

“First Birthday Post-Cancer” and “Snowbade.” James Dickey Review. vol 34 (2018): 23-26. Print.

“What Hurts,” “Crush,” “A Lifetime of Sweeping,” “What the Novelist Sensed,” and “Thunderstorm.” FUSION Magazine. 27 November 2018. Web.

"Text Message." Eclectica Magazine. vol. 22.3 (Jul/Aug 2018). Web.

"The Makeout Party." Atticus Review Annual. vol. 1 (2018): 116-117. Print.

"For My Father, Who Tried Swimming." Metonym. vol. 8 (Spring 2018): 23. Print. 

"The Perfect Communist." HCE Review. vol. 2, Issue 2 (Feb. 2018): 60. PDF. Web.

"Guilt Free" and "Learning to Read a River." Former People. 22 Jan. 2018. Web. 

"Triggers" and "Coffee County Prison." Welter. vol. 52 (Fall/Winter 2017): 37-39. Print. 

"How Quickly the Body Forgives," "The Fire Next Door," and "The Red Devil." One Sentence Poems. June 2017. Web.

"What Hurts." Muse/A Journal. Issue 4 (Summer 2017). Web.

"Beginning with a Line from Millay." The Raintown Review. vol. 13, Issue 2 (2017): 75. Print. 

"Headlines." Entropy, Dis*Articulations 2017: Reader Poems for May. Web.

The Difference Between a Man and a Woman," "For the Guy in the Bar Drinking PBR," and "The Tour." Rat's Ass Review. Summer 2017 Issue. Web.

"Reflection," "The Miracle of Hands," and "Everything, Just Noise." The Wild Word Issue 15: And So We Love. April 2017. Web.

"Where I Come From" and "Why We Couldn't Stay." Deep South Magazine. April 2017. Web.

"Something Closer to Joy." Whale Road Review. Issue 6. Mar. 2017. Web.

"My Mother After My Fourth Round of Chemo." Calamus Journal. Issue 4. Feb. 2017. Web.

"My Younger Sister Riding Shotgun" and "My Father Holding His Father's Hand." JuxtaProse vol. 10. Dec. 2016. Web.

"At Twenty" and "At Sixty." Eunoia Review. 7 Oct. 2016. Web.

"A Simile for His Name." One Sentence Poems. 2 Sept. 2016. Web.

“American Tease.” Hartskill Review. vol. 3.1 (Summer 2016): 14. Print.

“My Father Counting Change at Closing” and “My Twin Sister in the Print Shop.” Right Hand Pointing Issue 99: Bone Fire (2016). Web.

“If Love Exits.” Emrys Journal. vol. 33 (2016): 131-132. Print.

“My Grandfather in the Pulpit” and “My Grandmother in Her Kitchen.” Meniscus. vol. 4.1. (May 2016): 62. Web.

“Lullaby.” The Healing Muse. vol. 15.1 (2015): 39-40. Print.

"What You Must Understand." Stone River Sky: An Anthology of Georgia Poetry. Eds. Carey Scott Wilkerson and Melissa Dickson. Mobile: Negative Capability Press, 2015. 76. Print.

"After He Leaves." One Sentence Poems. 28 July 2015. Web.

"The Tire Swing.” decomP: a literary magazine. July 2015. Web.

"The Sharecropper's Son" and "My Hometown." TAB: The Journal of Poetry and Poetics. vol. 3.2 (2015): 12-13. Web.

“Field Trips.” Southern Women’s Review. vol. 8.8 (2015): 76. Web.

How We Learn,” “The Kingdom of Childhood,” “The Makeout Party,” and “Your Laughing, or My Trying to Make it Happen.” Atticus Review. (Featured Poet) 2 Feb. 2015. Web.

“The Miller and His Wife.” Atlanta Review vol. XXI, No. 1 (Fall/Winter 2014): 34. Print.

“One Song,” “Twin Speak,” “The Conjoined,” and “Study Abroad.” The Collapsar. 3 Sept. 2014. Web.

“Forget Him” and “In the Elevator, We Don’t Speak.” The Heartland Review. Summer (2014): 27-28. Print.

After the Bankruptcy.” Red River Review Issue 52 (2014): 35. Web.

“Painting Blackbirds.” Review Americana vol. 9.1 (2014). Web.

“Jill Explains the Fall.” Thin Air Magazine vol. 20 (2014): 80. Print.

“Trying to Be Noticed.” Loose Change vol. 3.3 (2013): 6. Web.

“Elegy for a Stranger.” The Oklahoma Review vol. 14.1 (2013): 258. Web.

“The Baker” and “The Morning After Strip Poker.” West Trade Review vol. 4 (2013): 79-80. Print.

“Kiyoko.” Right Hand Pointing Issue 62: [sort] (2013). Web.

“At Thirty.” Reed vol. 65 (2012): 94. Print.

“About Men,” “The Phone Call,” and “View from a Bench in February.” Umbrella Factory Issue 8 (2011): 21-22. Web.

“The Secret of Life.” Ouroboros Review Issue 5 (2010): 3. Web.

“Cicadas,” “Why I Do Not Teach Kindergarten Anymore,” “A Postcard Sends a Postcard Home,” and “For the Candle Five Hundred Years From Now.” The Red Clay Review Issue 3 (2010): 39-43. Print.

“Waking Up at Four a.m. on the Neighbor’s Porch.” Old Red Kimono vol. 39 (2010): 22. Print.

“Parent-Teacher Conference.” Rosebud Issue 47 (2010): 90. Print.

"Watching an Old Springsteen Concert on TV." Love Poems and Other Messages for Bruce Springsteen. Ed. Jennifer Bosveld. Columbus: Pudding House, 2009. 28. Print.

“Pretend You Don’t Owe Me a Thing.” Rattle: Poetry for the 21st Century vol. 10.2 (2004): 46. Print.



Evolution of the Writing Process: A Conversation with Dr. Sara Pirkle Hughes.The Scarlet Newsletter. 8 Jan. 2019. Web.

"A Conversation About John Keats with Dr. William Ulmer." The Scarlet Newsletter. Spring 2018. Web.

Interview with Stephan Allison. River Valley Rhythms. WESU (88.1 FM), Middletown, CT. 15 March 2018. Radio.

"The Stained Glass Windmill." Wraparound South. Winter/Spring 2018. Web.

"How to Lose it All at Once." Entropy. 4 Dec. 2017. Web.

"The Stranger's Hand." Cat on a Leash Review vol 2.1. Nov. 2017. Web.

"When the Doctor Says Cancer." The Healing Muse vol. 17.1 (2017): 44-45. Print. 

" A Girl Gets Sick of a Rose': A Woman's Desire to Break Free." The Journal of the Georgia Philological Association vol. 6 (2017): 47-57. Print.

"Gaining Something 'From Nothing.' " Deep South Magazine. 7 Apr. 2017. Web.

"So It Is Cancer?" The Telegraph [Macon, GA], 2 Oct. 2016, p.6. Print.

"The Impatient Patient: How Cancer Expedites Revision and Submission." Atticus Review. 23. Aug. 2016. Web. 

"Born Out of Trauma: Writing About Chronic Illness." Atticus Review. 10. Aug. 2016. Web. 

"Cancer Rhetoric: The Illusion of Control." Atticus Review. 1 Aug. 2016. Web.

Interview with jazz musician Remy Le Boeuf. River Valley Rhythms. WESU (88.1 FM), Middletown, CT. 23 June 2016. Radio.

“Teaching Through Treatment: Normalizing Cancer.” Atticus Review. 10 June 2016. Web.

"An Interview with Sara Hughes." Atticus Review. 2 Feb. 2015. Web.

“From Proper Nouns to Slant Sonnets: A Conversation with Poet Anya Silver About Place and Time.” Southern Literary Review. July 2014. Web.

Review of I Watched You Disappear, by Anya Krugovoy Silver. Southern Literary Review. July 2014. Web.

“The Personal Narrative: An Interview with Max Fine and Sara Hughes.” Interview by Jen Vala.  Online Companion to GSU’s Guide to First Year Writing, 2nd ed. 2014. Web.

Interview with poet Anya Silver. Melodically Challenged. WRAS (88.5 FM), Atlanta. 28 Apr. 2013. Radio.

“What Brings Us to Poetry.” Arts & Letters Journal of Contemporary Culture Issue 24 (2010): 145-151. Print.

“Judson Mitcham and the Aging Human Spirit.” Arts & Letters Journal of Contemporary Culture Issue 11 (2004): 160-162. Print.

“Finding Form in a Free Verse Poem.” Association of Writers & Writing Programs Annual Conference Pedagogy Papers, AWP Conference in Chicago, March 2004. Print.

“Meaningless = Meaningful.” Associated Writing Programs Pedagogy Papers, AWP Conference in Baltimore, February 2003. Print.



Thomson-McDuffie County Library, Thomson, GA, Feb. 16, 2019

AUM Southern Studies Conference, Auburn University at Montgomery, Feb. 1, 2019

SAMLA Poets on “Fighters From the Margins: Socio-Political Activists and Their Allies.” SAMLA 90 Conference, Birmingham, AL, Nov. 4, 2018

Selections from The Disappearing Act, Mercer University, Macon, GA, Oct. 25, 2018

“A Day of Celebrating the Written Word,” Reinhardt University, Waleska, GA, Oct. 24, 2018

30th Annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word, “The Leaving and the Coming Home: New Poetry Collections” Panel, Nashville, TN, Oct. 12, 2018

“A Celebration of the Poetry of Anya Krugovoy Silver,” Candler Mansion Library, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, GA, Oct. 11, 2018

Poetry Celebration Day 2018, Central Georgia Technical College, Macon, GA, Apr. 12, 2018

Boston National Poetry Month Festival, Boston Public Library, Apr. 7, 2018

Berklee College of Music, Boston, Apr. 5, 2018

Georgia College Visiting Writers Series, Max Noah Hall, Milledgeville, GA, Apr. 4, 2018

The Disappearing Act Book Launch, Harrison Galleries, Tuscaloosa, AL, Mar. 27, 2018

Second Saturday Artist Talk, The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, Rabun Gap, GA, June 2012 and July 8, 2017

National Poetry Month Reading, LaGrange College, LaGrange, GA, Apr. 27, 2017

Poetry Celebration Day 2017, Central Georgia Technical College, Warner Robins, GA, Apr. 13, 2017

The Disappearing Act Pre-Release Reception, Middle Georgia State University, Macon, GA, Feb. 23, 2017

Lost Keys Literary Festival, Macon, GA, Oct. 3, 2015 and Oct. 8, 2016

Open Studios, I-Park Foundation, Inc., East Haddam, CT, June 2013 and June 26, 2016

“Tipple + Poesy” Poetry Nights: Form Night, Tipple + Rose Tea Parlor and Apothecary, Atlanta, Dec. 16, 2015

New South Reading Series, sponsored by New South Literary Journal, Star Community Bar, Atlanta, Sept. 2008 and May 2014

Mercer University’s Liberian Student Fundraiser, Daybreak Center for the Homeless, Macon, Jan. 2014

Mercer University Creative Writing Reunion, Mercer University, Mar. 2013

Side Door Coffee House Reading Series, FBC of Macon: Apr. 2008, Feb. 2009, Feb. 2010

Original poem, “What We Learn From Our Teachers” - Inauguration of President Dorothy Leland, Georgia College & State University, Fall 2004

Selections from Anything Outside This Room: Poems, Arts & Letters Poetry Reading, AWP Conference in Chicago, Mar. 24 – 27, 2004

AWP Intro Awards Reading, GC&SU, Fall 2002 and Fall 2003



“Deconstructing and Reconstructing: Finding Hidden Poems in Vogue.” Session title: “Those Females Who Can Wreck the Infinite”: Women Writers and World-Building. Panel Chair and Presenter. AUM Southern Studies Conference 2019, Montgomery, February 2019

“ ‘Why I Didn’t Say No’ and Other Poems.” Session Title: SAMLA Poets on “Fighters From the Margins: Socio-Political Activists and Their Allies.” 90th South Atlantic MLA Conference, Birmingham, AL, November 2018.

 “Selections from The Disappearing Act.” Panel Title: The Leaving and the Coming Home: New Poetry Collections. 30th Annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word, Nashville, TN, Oct. 12, 2018.

“Utopian Kingdoms of Memory." Session title: Paradise is Overrated: Seeking Authenticity in Poetry.  Panel Chair and Presenter. SAMLA 88, Jacksonville, November 2016

" ‘A Girl Gets Sick of a Rose’: Gwendolyn Brooks’ Desire to Break Free.” Race, Class, and Colonialism Panel. 11th Annual Georgia Philological Association Conference, Middle Georgia State University, May 2016

“ ‘This Ritual of Erasing’: A Selection of Poetry.” Session Title: Deprivation for Me, Daffodils for Wordsworth: A Presentation of Personal Poetry. National Graduate Creative Writing Conference, University of West Georgia, March 2014

“The Social Classwork: Utilizing Social Networking Platforms to Stimulate Critical Thinking.” Session title: Think Outside the Paper: Creative Alternatives for Composition. Panel Chair and Presenter. 85th South Atlantic MLA Conference, Atlanta, November 2013

“Excerpts from Twin Speak.” Session title: SCMLA Creative Writing: Poetry. 70th Annual South Central MLA Conference, New Orleans, October 2013

“Little Red Writing Hood: Using Fairy Tales in the Composition Classroom.” Session title: Harnessing the Power of Monsters: Using the Monsters V-Series Reader in First Year Composition. New Voices Graduate Student Conference, Georgia State University, January 2013

“‘Why You Stand There So Stupid?’: The Fixed Position of Women in Gertrude Stein’s Three Lives. Session title: Issues of Repetition, Marginalization, and Desire in the Early Work of Gertrude Stein. Panel Chair and Presenter. South East Coastal Conference on Languages & Literatures, Georgia Southern University, April 2010

“The Losin' End: The Politics of Exclusion in Bruce Springsteen's Lyrics.” Session title: Country Lyricists: Political Country. 81st South Atlantic MLA Conference, Atlanta, November 2009

“ ‘Painting Blackbirds” and other poems.” Session title: SAMLA Poets Session, 81st South Atlantic MLA Conference, Atlanta, November 2009



Assistant Editor, Five Points, August 2010 – May 2012

Editorial Assistant in Poetry, The Chattahoochee Review, October 2008 – May 2010

Assistant Poetry Editor, Arts & Letters, August 2002 – May 2004