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Sara Backer

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I spent three years in Japan (1990-1993), as the first American and first woman to serve as visiting professor of English at Shizuoka University. This experience informed my first novel, American Fuji, which was a book club pick of the Honolulu Advertiser and a nominee for the Kiriyama Prize.

Recently, I earned an MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts in poetry. My chapbook, Bicycle Lotus, won the 2015 Turtle Island Poetry Award. A second chapbook, Scavenger Hunt, came out in 2018. My first full book of poetry, Such Luck, is my newest book.

I teach freshman comp and a few other stray courses at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, lead a reading group at a men's prison, and tramp around the woods in New Hampshire.


Two Poems in DMQ Review

Disquieting Muses Quarterly has wonderful production and illustration. So proud they took two of my poems:  "Because the Sky Was My First Friend" and "My Mind Wanders in Shavasana," DMQ Review, Spring 2020 
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American Fuji

3.56 avg rating — 1,007 ratings — published 2001 — 11 editions
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Such Luck

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The Animals in My Name

I invite you to read this poem in Cider Press Review (Vol. 21, Issue 4) and then see how many animals you find in your name!
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Even Further West by Eric Paul Shaffer
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They say the best painters are inspired by light. So is poet Eric Paul Shaffer. Even Further West is organized by the Hawaiian times of day—noon, dusk, night, dawn—with evocative definitions. For example, Ka lā is “light, day, the sun, and the fin ab ...more
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"This little unassuming chapbook is the real deal. Be prepared to be subtly slapped in the face (intentional contradiction, I know) by seemingly innocuous poems interspersed with prose that challenge readers to examine their place in nature, relations" Read more of this review »
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" The price of Bicycle Lotus has been knocked down to $6.95 between Aug 2 and 9, 2016, after concluding the Giveaway. If you wanted the book and didn't ...more "
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" Although I am neither a fan of fantasy nor a YA reader, I was won over by the wisdom in Messer's thoroughly realized windblown world. Windblowne is at ...more "
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American Fuji by Sara Backer
" Thanks, Kate. (Geez, "a little slow in places" loses a whole star? Goodreads readers are tough critics! :^) But that's okay, I'll try to do better nex ...more "
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" Wow! I am honored to be compared favorably with Murakami. I enjoy Murakami because his Japan is close to my Japan. His novel AFTER DARK took me right ...more "
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“Mount Fuji was mostly invisible n the summer, but on clear days she could see its grand and graceful silhouette dominating the northern sky. White herons gathered in the river upstream from laundry suds pouring out of a city grate, and hydrangeas bloomed on the banks, dropping blue and lavender petals over soda cans and bento cartons littered beside the asphalt.”
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Sara Backer Alison wrote: "I like the fact that you give so many stars to the books you review. As Man Ray once said: if you don't like something turn away. Go find something you do like.
My Good Reads advice, friend Sara: o..."


You are so right. I'm already in trouble for my relatively low rating of Hamlet. I think I was just tired of reading lame student essays about it. I'll have to figure out how to change ratings. Hamlet is an excellent play. But if I give it 5 stars, I don't have room to rate Othello higher. Mood factors in, too. I read Bridget Jones' Diary one hot summer afternoon when I wanted distraction, and it hit the spot . . . but that doesn't mean it's as good as Othello.




Alison I like the fact that you give so many stars to the books you review. As Man Ray once said: if you don't like something turn away. Go find something you do like.
My Good Reads advice, friend Sara: only read reviews of your favorite books (or your own books) after drinking. Why? Who can bear to hear a reader lament that Catcher in the Rye has no plot? Or that Antonya Price's books are fine, if you go for chick lit. Yikes.


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