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Sarah María Medina

Sarah María Medina is a poet and a fiction/creative non-fiction writer from the American Northwest. Her writing has been published in Prelude, Poetry NW, Split This Rock, Raspa Literary Journal, and elsewhere. Her work is also found in Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color (Nightboat Books, 2018), and Bettering American Poetry Vol. 2. She is an ARTIST UP Grant LAB recipient, a Jack Straw Writer, and the poetry editor at Winter Tangerine.

When you hear her voice, it is reminiscent of a feather lightly brushing the skin, soft and tender like a lullaby, but remember lullabies bring bitter, sometimes even danger with the sweet. There is a musical inspiration and flow in the arc of Sarah Maria’s work. Perhaps the music is meant to soothe the savage beasts of love, of family, of memory, although as you hear her read it may seem more like she is shining a light on the beasts and showing us the glint and glimmer in their claws, their teeth. she fearlessly puts her head in their mouths and you can’t help teetering on the edge wondering if she will escape, and wondering if she wants to.
— Daemond Arrindell, Jack Straw
Sarah Maria’s poems flow with the strength of Ochún, orisha of rivers and seas from which all life arose. Maria’s verse churns the anger, grief, joy and ecstasy of the primordial feminine that crashes against the vast history of patriarchal and colonial violence. She reminds us that borders are false boundaries, that “home is never a house, but a body,” a portal to the holy, a nomadic vessel, a pyramid “built inside chest/ studio/ across mouth & tongue/ it forms & skins & holds us inside.”
— Matt Trease, Margin Shift