Sara Pirkle

Sara Pirkle

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Creative Writing


  • PhD, English, Georgia State University, 2014
  • MFA, Creative Writing, Georgia College & State University, 2004

Research Areas

  • Creative Writing
  • 20th-Century American and British Literature


Sara Pirkle is the author of The Disappearing Act, which won the 2016 Adrienne Bond Award for Poetry and was 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. In 2019, she was nominated for Georgia Author of the Year in Poetry. 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.

Selected Publications

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

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

The Stained Glass Windmill.” Wraparound South. Winter/Spring 2018.

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

“The Stranger’s Hand.” Cat on a Leash Review vol 2.1. Nov. 2017.

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

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

“Headlines.” Entropy, Dis*Articulations 2017: Reader Poems for May.

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

Where I Come From” and “Why We Couldn’t Stay.” Deep South Magazine. April 2017.

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

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

My Younger Sister Riding Shotgun” and “My Father Holding His Father’s Hand.JuxtaProse vol. 10. Dec. 2016.

At Twenty” and “At Sixty.” Eunoia Review. 7 Oct. 2016.

“A Simile for His Name.” One Sentence Poems. 2 Sept. 2016.