Sally Van Doren is an American poet and artist. She has published three collections of poetry, Promise (LSU Press 2017), Possessive (2012) and Sex at Noon Taxes (2008) which received the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American poets. Her poems have appeared nationally and internationally in literary journals such as: American Letters and Commentary, American Poet, Barrow Street, Boulevard, Cimarron Review, Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, december, Lumina, Margie, The Moth, The New Republic, No Tell Motel, Poetry Daily, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry London, Pool, River Styx, Southern Review, Southwest Review, Storyscape, 2River, and Verse Daily, and Western Humanities Review. Her poem, “Preposition,” is featured as an animated film in the Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Everywhere. Excerpts from her epic poem, “The Sense Series,” were the text for a multi-media performance at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.
A graduate of Princeton University (BA) and University of Missouri-St. Louis (MFA), she has taught creative writing at the 92nd Street Y, Washington University in St. Louis, the St. Louis Public Schools and the St. Louis County Juvenile Detention Center. She curated the Sunday Poetry Workshops for the St. Louis Poetry Center and serves on the board of the Five Points Center for the Visual Arts in Torrington, CT.
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