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Sara Backer

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After getting a graduate degree in creative writing from the University of California at Davis, 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.

I've taught creative writing at conferences for Cuesta College, Maui Literary Circles, and Northeast Cultural Cooperative. 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.

Lately, I write poetry. My chapbook, Bicycle Lotus, won
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Two new poems in Turtle Island Quarterly (14.4 Spring/Summer 2018). You'll have to scroll--mine are on the bottom of the chapter. "I Notice a Nest" came straight out of my woods walk. "Green Room" was inspired on a vacation in Hawaii when I woke early and noticed surfers in the dark getting ready for sunset. Enjoy! Read more of this blog post »
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American Fuji

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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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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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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.




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