Sarah Estes

Los Angeles, VA 22902 USA

Professional Experience

Sarah Estes is a poet, essayist and science writer. Her work has appeared in Agni, The Atlantic, Christian Science Monitor, Cider Press Review, Cimarron, Crab Orchard Review, Drunken Boat, The Missouri Review, New Orleans Review, New Scientist, Plume, Salon, Slate, Southern Review and elsewhere. Her first book of poetry, Field Work, was published by Cider Press Review in August 2015. Field Work was also shortlisted for the Dorset Prize, Four Way Books Intro Prize and the Levine Prize among others. Her chapbook, Hive Bone, was published in 2013 with Finishing Line Press. She was a Hoyns Fellow at the University of Virginia, and has a master's in religion and culture from Harvard. Sarah taught poetry and composition at UVA and James Madison University, and has received grants and funding from Bread Loaf, UVA and the National Science Foundation. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.


2 Years
10 Years
10 Years


Books & Literature
10 Years
1 Year
3 Years


Academia Teaching
3 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

5 Years

Other Work History

University of Virginia Writing Instructor, Current. Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program - English Teacher, 8/02-8/03 Taught English Language and Literature. Developed curriculum, contributed to and edited lesson plan/curriculum workbook distributed to over two hundred teachers. Galda & Leuchter, Galda Library Services - Research and Publication Assistant, 6/00-3/02 Cambridge Associates, Harvard University Editor, 9/99-2/00 Editor and Writer Performed extensive editing and rewriting for a psychology trade publication which I helped adapt for a more general audience. Maine Environmental Schools Teacher and Staff Naturalist, 8/96 11/96.

Foreign Language Skills

French Non native fluency. Cumulative eight years of formal study in high school and undergraduate programs. One year of study at St. Veronique Secondary School in Liege, Belgium (non-degree program). Continued exposure through multi-national/lingual family relationships in Lyon, France. Japanese Intermediate level oral, beginning level written proficiency. One year formal and self-guided study. One year residency in Kagoshima, Japan as an English teacher.

Computer Skills

Word, Excel, Quark, HTML (beginner)


Laptop, Digital Camera, Audio Recorder


Rita Dove, University of Virginia Please contact Sydney Blair Gregory Orr, University of Virginia Please contact Sydney Blair D.A. Powell, University of California, San Francisco Kenneth Thompson, Miller Center University of Virginia 434-924-6051, Margo Figgins, Curry School of Education University of Virginia 434-924-0766,


Rotary Sponsored International Exchange: Liege, Belgium 08/93 07/94 Kalamazoo College Honors Scholarship: 09/94-09/98 Stocker Poetry Prize, Kalamazoo College: 05/98 Excellence in Creative Writing Award, Kalamazoo College: 06/1998 Departmental and Senior Thesis Honors: 06/1998 Divinity School Scholarship, Harvard Divinity School: 09/99 06/02 JET Program Participant: 08/02 08/03 Henry Hoyns Fellowship, University of Virginia: 08/04 05/05 $10,000 Collegenet Essay Contest Winner: 04/05 UVA Writing and Research Grant: 06/06 Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest Finalist: 08/06 UVA James River Conference Scholar: 10/06



Work Samples


(The Innisfree Poetry Journal 10/25/2016)
(New Orleans Review 10/25/2016)
(Cider Press Review 8/1/2015)
(Poetry appearing in Cider Press Review, 2014 Book Award)
(Arts & Sciences Magazine 10/25/2016)
(The Missouri Review 10/25/2016)
(Mini-essay and featured poem of the week: Apres Nous le Deluge)
(Agni Online 10/25/2016)
(Winning Writers Humor Contest 10/25/2016)
(Plume Poetry 10/25/2016)


(The Atlantic 12/20/2012)
(The University of Virginia Magazine 11/15/2008)
(The University of Virginia Magazine 9/1/2009)
(The University of Virginia Magazine 8/15/2008)
A 40-year effort by U.Va. to acquire the papers of Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer finally meets with success.
(University of Virginia Magazine 8/15/2008)
Brain, Child, a magazine devoted to mothers, attracts a strong following.
(The University of Virginia Magazine 3/1/2008)
Three U.Va. composers create an avant-garde musical robot.
(Psychology Today 10/25/2016)
(Scientific American 12/12/2012)
(University of Virginia Magazine 11/22/2009)
(The Christian Science Monitor 5/1/2011)
(The University of Virginia Magazine 9/1/2007)
Profile of Kantara, the world's first Arab-Appalachian band.
(The University of Virginia Magazine 3/1/2009)
Discusses Georgia O'Keeffe's career and relationship with the University of Virginia, hightlights Elizabeth Turner's research on the artist.
(The University of Virginia Magazine 5/1/2008)
How the College Republicans and University Democrats are shaping and responding to the political scene.
(The University of Virginia Magazine 5/1/2008)
Local band emerges on the national stage with a deal from Mercury Records.
(The University of Virginia Magazine 12/1/2008)


(CollegeNET, A&S Online 10/25/2016)


(Discovery Channel 10/25/2016)
My experience as a research participant with Jim Coan.


(Jesse Graham 10/25/2016)
Links to Jesse Graham's research with Jon Haidt on the moral foundations of political ideaology and the 'world famous' Graham Family Band...