Sarah Mangold

Sarah Mangold (Poetry) | Seattle, WA

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Sarah Mangold is the author of the full-length poetry collections Giraffes of Devotion (Kore), Electrical Theories of Femininity (Black Radish Books) and Household Mechanics (New Issues Press), selected by C. D. Wright for the New Issues Poetry Prize. The recipient of a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, she is also the recipient of residencies and fellowships from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the MacDowell Colony, Seattle Arts Commission, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and Willapa Bay AIR. From 2002-2009 she edited Bird Dog, a print journal of innovative writing and art. She received her BA in English Literature from the University of Oklahoma and MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Originally from Oklahoma, she now lives and works in Seattle.


Giraffes of Devotion (Kore Press, 2016). Poetry.
Electrical Theory of Femininity (Black Radish Books, 2015). Poetry.
Household Mechanics (New Issues, 2002). New Issues Prize. Poetry.


Blurbs, Press & Reviews

“When I think of an obvious alignment, I think of the Objectivists. Especially, the lone woman affiliated, the geographical isolate, Niedecker. I had always wished there were more of them, because they introduced a brand of lucidity, rare, oh rare in these dis-united states of poetry.”
—C.D. Wright, on Household Mechanics

“all action, all current, all magnetic field atomic excitement. Mangold truly does introduce a new genre of theory—that which is electrical in its consideration of gender and language (“if the hero is a girl”), that demands a space for the female pronoun in this age of machines (“The name of this heroine is mass energy”).
—erica kaufman, on Electrical Theories of Femininity

“Sarah Mangold unfolds from her great-grandmother’s letters the over century-long continuum of land takeover for military bases and expansion of the U.S. empire in the Asia Pacific Region. And what Mangold refolds, meticulously, through erasure and collage, is the language of militarism and its cultural norms. Edward Said says, “At some very basic level, imperialism means thinking about, settling on, controlling land that you do not possess. . .” Giraffes of Devotion offers it’s own definition, not unlike Said’s: “It seems to me there was always a ship in the background and somebody worrying about it.”
—Don Mee Choi, on Giraffes of Devotion

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