Sally Van Doren’s third poetry collection, Promise, is forthcoming from Louisiana State University Press, which published Possessive in 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 nationally and internationally in literary journals such as: American Letters and Commentary, American Poet, Barrow Street, Boulevard, Cimarron Review, Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, december, Lumina, Margie, The Moth, The New Republic, No Tell Motel, Poetry Daily, Pool, River Styx, Southern Review, Southwest Review, Storyscape, 2River, and Verse Daily, and Western Humanities Review.  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 teaches poetry at the 92nd Street Y in New York and curates the Sunday Poetry Workshops for the St. Louis Poetry Center.  She has also taught creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis, the St. Louis Public Schools and the St. Louis County Juvenile Detention Center.

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