Sarah Jefferis’ first poetry book Forgetting the Salt was published by Foothills Press in October 2008. Recently she won the Bea Gonzalez poetry prize for her poem, “Motherhood.” Her poems and nonfiction have appeared in The Stone Canoe, The American Literary Review, Ithaca Lit.com, The Mississippi Review, Icon, The Hollins Critic, The Patterson Review, Icarus, The Healing Muse and other journals. Her essay, entitled, “Blood and Chocolate,” will appear in an anthology entitled Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today's Best Women Writers and published by Farrar Straus and Giroux in April 2014. She has been both a poetry fellow and fiction fellow at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Center in California. She holds an M.A. from Hollins University, an M.F.A. (Poetry) from Cornell University and a PhD (Memoir) from SUNY Binghamton. She is working on completing her first novel, entitled Running After Jesus, and a second book of poetry about how secrets destroy our teeth, and a collection of essays on grief. Currently she lives in Ithaca, NY with her two daughters.