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Join us! River Heron Review reading on Zoom April 5
I am just back from an incredible visit to Seattle, where I attended my second-ever AWP (Associated Writers and Writing Programs) conference. So much activity, so little time! I enjoyed a few precious days surrounded by other writers, books, and infectious energy, and am still processing it all: the meaningful conversations I had with old...
River Heron Review poetry prize reading

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Sarah’s most recent chapbook, winner of the 2018 Concrete Wolf Chapbook Award, is now available for orders via AmazonBarnes & Noble, and IndieBound. Ordering information is also available at the Concrete Wolf website.

"The Heart Contracts"

Sarah Carey’s debut collection of poems, The Heart Contracts, is now available for orders through Finishing Line Press and Amazon. Orders may be made online directly through the publisher’s website as well as by check or money order.

About the author

Sarah Carey is an award-winning veterinary public relations specialist, science writer and Pushcart-nominated poet. She holds a master’s degree in English with a creative writing concentration from Florida State University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in many small magazines and literary journals, including Grist, Five Points, Redivider, Zone 3, Yemassee, Stirring, Frontier Poetry, The Carolina Quarterly, Superstition Review, Potomac Review, Barrow Street, Valparaiso Review and The Christian Century, among others. She received the Concrete Wolf Chapbook Award for her newest collection of poems, Accommodations, (2019). Her debut collection of poems, The Heart Contracts, was published in 2016 by Finishing Line Press.

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From Readers


This collection starts off with an ache that pulls a reader in uncontrollably with sorrow and beauty. It is a tremendous manuscript that begs to be read over and over. Organic in the purest sense. Anyone encountering these poems will be stunned.

Amy MacLennan Chapbook Award Judge, author of The Body, A Tree

Sarah Carey makes many gracious accommodations to family, to the inevitable losses in an ordinary life, and to the idea of home in all its human dimensions in this intelligent, sensitive, and generous collection. She meditates on “the long valediction” of a fully lived life and comes to artful terms with the repercussions of love and mortality in poems that ring true and resonate. Breathe the slow wind, she writes, another storm is always coming. We know it in our bones, and we see it again and again in these lovely measures.

Sidney Wade author of Bird Book and Straits & Narrows

Every one of Sarah Carey’s poems is taut, tense, terse, tough. And close to tiny: most are within a line or two of half a page. In that sense, they’re like those little candles some people put around their houses, lighting up everything that’s true and beautiful and sometimes scary about domestic life. Oh, and one more thing about these poems: they’re terrific.

David Kirby Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English at Florida State University and author of more than two dozen volumes of criticism, essays, children’s literature, pedagogy, and poetry; National Book Award finalist