Every spring, the Saint Vincent College Reading Series invites a poet to judge the annual Ragan Poetry Contest and come to campus for a reading.
This year’s judge was Sarah O’Brien. A graduate of Brown University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Sarah O’Brien grew up on a small farm in Ohio and has lived in Cape Town, Paris, and various places in the United States. She is the translator of Ryoko Sekiguchi’s Heliotropes, and her book Catch Light was selected by David Shapiro for the National Poetry Series. But not only is she a writer, she is also a fabulous cook and photographer.
Sarah read poems from Catch Light. With her visual narrative, O’Brien threw us into pictures, catching our eyes and ears, and allowing us to become part of her story.