Sasha West was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her first book, Failure and I Bury the Body, won the National Poetry Series and the Texas Institute of Letters First Book of Poetry Award. It was also selected as one of the top ten debut poetry books for 2013 by Victoria Chang for Poets & Writers. Her poems have appeared in The Southern Review, Forklift Ohio, Third Coast, West Branch, American Poet, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere.

Her awards include a Fellowship to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a Houston Arts Alliance grant, Pushcart nominations, and Inprint’s Verlaine Prize. She has served as lead editor for and, later, board president of Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts

Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX, where she lives with her husband and daughter. 


Contact me at swest1 (at) stedwards.edu