Contributor Spotlight: Sarah Aronson

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Sarah Aronson’s poems Self Portrait as Chief Complaint” and “Amalgamate are featured in Issue 77 of the Bellingham Review

What would you like to share with our readers about the work you contributed to the Bellingham Review?

Even now, half my life removed from Southeast Alaska, I needed to encounter and order its breathless, consumptive nature.

Tell us about your writing life.

I have been writing since childhood; my obsessions remain: migrations, grief, and auguries.

Which non-writing aspects of your life most influence your writing? 

Primal and chosen landscapes.

What writing advice has stayed with you?

Poems know more than you.

What is your favorite book (or essay, poem, short story)? Favorite writers?

Sometimes A Great Notion by Ken Kesey

What are you reading right now?


What project(s) are you working on now, or next?

Two years into a nonfiction project about the urban glacier of my youth.

Anything else our readers might want to know about you?

Winner of the New American Poetry Prize 2018. Full length book, And Other Bodiless Powers is set to be released in 2019.

SARAH ARONSON writes poetry and nonfiction from Missoula, Montana. Her work can be found in the High Desert Journal, Cirque, Portland Review, and Big Sky Journal among others. She is also the host of the Montana Public Radio literary program and podcast, The Write Question.

Featured Image: “Alaska” by Kevin Wood