Sara Parrell was awarded first prize in the 2008 Poetry Center of Chicago’s Juried Reading for five poems from her manuscript Psalms of New Orleans, which was also a finalist in the 2010 Concrete Wolf chapbook contest. Her work has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, qarrtsiluni, Wisconsin People and Ideas (including winning poems in the 2007 poetry contest), the anthology Lake Wingra Morning, and other journals. Her collaboration with photographer Thomas Ferrella (“Borderlands”) was reflected in her essay “Beyond Ekphrasis: Collaboration as a Journey” in Verse Wisconsin, nominated for Dzanc Books’ Best of the Web 2010. In 2012, she co-founded the Bridge Poetry Series in concert with The Chazen Art Museum in Madison, Wisconsin (where she lives), bringing together poets from across Wisconsin to create a community of diverse voices and perspectives. Sara is faculty at the UW-Madison School of Nursing and works with the Madison Metropolitan School District’s mental health consultation team.