Creative Writing

Sarah Messer

retired: associate professor
Kenan Hall | 910.962.7213 |

Sarah Messer


MFA, University of Michigan, 1991
BA, Middlebury College, 1988


Red Housebandit


  • Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, 2008-2009.
  • Barnes and Noble "Discover Great New Writers Award," Fall Selection, 2004.
  • Alan Collins Fellow in Poetry, Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, 2004.
  • Individual Artist Grant (Poetry), North Carolina Arts Council, 2004.
  • MacDowell Colony Fellowship, 2001.
  • Mary Roberts Rhinehart Prize, 2000.
  • NEA Fellowship in Poetry, 1999.
  • Creative Writing Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society, 1999.
  • Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellow, Institute for Creative Writing, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 1997-98.
  • Fellowship in Poetry, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, 1996-97.
  • Individual Creative Artist Grant, Michigan Council of the Arts and Cultural Affairs, 1994.

On Teaching

Sarah Messer teaches courses in creative nonfiction, memoir, poetry, prose poetry, experimental fiction and poetry, the long poem and series poems, cross-genre writing, found poetry, women and autobiography, and gender studies. She has also taught special topics courses like the lyric essay, first books, the elegy, the history of the memoir in America, the manifesto, the broadside, procedural poetics and non-traditional forms.

All of her workshops are based in the goal of generating new and exciting work-the ways and means of how to do that.

Download an excerpt of Sarah Messer's work (pdf)
Hear Sarah read her poems and talk about poetic process
Sarah Messer interviewed by Brad Land
Two Poems at Guernica Magazine