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Meghan Sterling

b. 1978

Current City, State, Country

Gardiner, Maine, USA

Birth City, State, Country

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA


Meghan Sterling’s work has been published or is forthcoming in The Los Angeles Review, Rhino Poetry, Nelle, Colorado Review, Poetry South, and many others, and has been nominated for four Pushcart Prizes. Her debut poetry collection, These Few Seeds (Terrapin Books), came out in 2021 and was a Finalist for the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize in Poetry. Her chapbook, Self-Portrait with Ghosts of the Diaspora (Harbor Editions) her collection, Comfort the Mourners (Everybody Press) and her collection, View from a Borrowed Field, which won Lily Poetry Review’s Paul Nemser Book Prize, are forthcoming in 2023. Meghan is Program Director at Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance.

What is the relationship between Judaism and/or Jewish culture and your poetry?

Being Jewish is the foundation of my identity—it takes me deeper into myself, connects me to the people who raised me, to my ancestors, to history. Writing poetry from a Jewish perspective preserves memories, honors and claims my own past and the pasts of my elders, and it helps ease my grief by bringing the dead back to me.

Published Works

Comfort the Mourners (Everybody Press, 2023)
Self-Portrait with Ghosts of the Diaspora (Small Harbor Publishing, 2023)
View From a Borrowed Field (Lily Poetry Review Press, 2023)
These Few Seeds (Terrapin Books, 2021)
How We Drift (Blue Lyra Press, 2016)

Author Site

Links to Sample Works

Video Reading

Current Title

Program Director of Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance


Bard College, Literature, 2001
Wesleyan University, Poetry, 2006

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