English faculty member Sarah Gridley wins book contest, earns publication of poetry

Sarah Gridley’s latest collection of poems, Loom, recently won the Omnidawn open book contest. As winner of the contest, the assistant professor of English received $3,000 and publication of her book, which will debut next spring.

Poet Carl Phillips, who selected Gridley’s poetry as the winner, said “Loom seems at times a Book of Hours both contemporary and medieval, illuminated everywhere with intellect, grace, and a persuasive belief in beauty; at other times, something woven of many histories—private, natural, literary—a fabric that at once conceals and discloses.”

The assistant professor of English is the author of two books of poetry: Weather Eye Open (2005) and Green is the Orator (2010), both from the University of California Press.