Sarah Messer has received fellowships and grants from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the NEA, and others. She is the author of a hybrid history/memoir, Red House (Viking, 2004), and a poetry book, Bandit Letters (New Issues, 2001). In 2008–2009, she was a fellow in poetry at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her work has appeared in the Paris Review, the Kenyon Review, and Gulf Coast, among others, and is forthcoming in Ploughshares. She teaches at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and runs One Pause Poetry, a reading series in Ann Arbor, Michigan.