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Poetry. In her latest collection, ARCO IRIS, Sarah Vap explores race, tourism, market, history, intimacy, and the vulnerability of lives beneath the stamp of longstanding powers. Whiteness is considered through the action of travel in South America where white bodies disappear, or are invisible, or attempt to become irrelevant, or are impossible to destroy. These hallucinatory poems explore the subtle violence beneath the commonplace in a foreign land, a violence which underscores the naiveté of the traveler.
Sarah Vap is the author of seven books of poetry, poetics, and creative nonfiction, including WINTER: EFFULGENCES AND DEVOTIONS (Noemi Press, 2019), END OF THE SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY (Noemi Press, 2013), ARCO IRIS (Saturnalia Books, 2012), FAULKNER'S ROSARY (Saturnalia Books, 2010), and DUMMY FIRE (Saturnalia Books, 2007). She is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, and was selected as winner of the National Poetry Series, the Iowa Poetry Prize, and was the Distinguished Hugo Writer the University of Montana. She received her BA from Brown University, her MFA from Arizona State University, and her PhD from the University of Southern California. She has been faculty for the past five years in the MFA program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation at Drew University. Vap was raised in Missoula, Montana. Author City: Skokomish Valley, WA USA