Sara M. Robinson

Sara M. Robinson (CNF, Poetry) | Charlottesville, VA

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Sara M. Robinson, award-winning poet, founder of the Lonesome Mountain Pros(e) Writers’ Workshop, and Instructor of a course on Contemporary American Poets at UVA-OLLI, is poetry columnist for Southern Writers Magazine and poetry editor for Virginia Literary Journal. In addition to publication in various anthologies, including We Grew Wings and Flew (2014) and Scratching Against the Fabric (2015), and journals: Loch Raven Review, The Virginia Literary Journal, vox poetica, and Poetica, she is poet and author of Love Always, Hobby and Jessie (2009), Two Little Girls in a Wading Pool (2012), A Cruise in Rare Waters (2013), and Stones for Words (2014). Her latest poetry book, Sometimes the Little Town, released in February 2016.


Sometimes the Little Town (Cedar Creek Publishing, 2016). Poetry.
Stones for Words (Cedar Creek Publishing, 2014). Poetry.
Two Little Girls in a Wading Pool (Cedar Creek Publishing, 2012). Poetry.

Love Always, Hobby and Jessie (Pathbinder Publishing, 2009). Memoir. CNF.


  • A Cruise in Rare Waters (Cedar Creek Publishing, 2013). Poetry.

Blurbs, Press & Reviews

Stones for Words

In this second volume of her poems, Sara Robinson has tightened her lines and lightened her touch. What she touches, she touches now with delight, now with humor, now with hard-earned acceptance: a lover’s body, a well-iced cocktail, her parents’ difficult marriage. At many points she speaks of poems, poets, poetry, the words recurring like bits of refrain, testifying to her clear sense of deep vocation. From its short lyrics to the long sequence, “Just This Once, Another Once,” this book charms and transforms.
—Stephen Cushman, Robert C. Taylor Professor American Literature, Poetry (UVA); Author of The Red Line (2014), Riffraf (2011), Heart Island (2006), Cussing Lessons (2002), Blue Pajamas (1998)

Stones for Words is not a question of why poetry, but an exploration of poetry’s mysteries. Robinson excavates a vision of urgency and bliss from both sides, before and after. Bound by words to this strange world, we’re told to look closer at the frosted texture, we’re told these words may reach inside you and rest at last, we’re told to imagine something that is not quite right. In these poems you will be amazed by uncertainties, but urged to step forward with diligence.
—John Most, Poetry Workshop Instructor and Founder/Editor of Call: Review (2003-2006); Author of Field (2008), Persephone (2006), Atelier (2005)

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