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Sara Pirkle Hughes earned a PhD in English from Georgia State University in 2014 and an MFA in Creative Writing from Georgia College & State University in 2004. Her areas of specialty include creative writing and 20th century American and British literature. Her first full-length collection of poetry, The Disappearing Act, won the 2016 Adrienne Bond Award for Poetry and will be published by Mercer University Press in 2018.

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, 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 CenterI-Park Foundation, and The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences.