Sally Van Doren’s second poetry collection, Possessive, was released by Louisiana State University Press in late 2012. Her first book, Sex at Noon Taxes, received the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, chosen by August Kleinzahler. Her poems have appeared in many literary journals, among them, American Letters and Commentary, American Poet, Barrow Street, Boulevard, Cimarron Review, Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, Lumina, Margie, The New Republic, No Tell Motel, Poetry Daily, Pool, River Styx, Southwest Review, 2River, and Verse Daily.  Her poem, “Preposition,” is featured as an animated film in the Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Everywhere. Excerpts from her epic poem, “The Sense Series,” were the text for a multi-media performance at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

A graduate of Princeton University (BA) and University of Missouri-St. Louis (MFA), she has taught creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis, the St. Louis Public Schools and the St. Louis County Juvenile Detention Center.  She curates the Sunday Poetry Workshops for the St. Louis Poetry Center.

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