Sharan Strange

b. 1959
Raised in Orangeburg, South Carolina, poet Sharan Strange earned a BA at Harvard University and an MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. Strange’s narrative poems often engage themes of family, rural southern childhood, and lost innocence. Her debut poetry collection, Ash (2001), was selected by Sonia Sanchez for the Barnard New Women Poets Prize. Her poems have been included in many anthologies, including Best American Poetry (1994), In Search of Color Everywhere: A Collection of African-American Poetry (1994), and The Garden Thrives: Twentieth-Century African-American Poetry (1996). Her work has been featured in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum in New York City and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.
 
Cofounder of the Dark Room Collective, Strange served as a contributing and an advisory editor of Callaloo. She has taught at Spelman College, Fisk University, the University of California, Davis, and the California Institute of the Arts and is an English professor at Spellman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She lives in Washington, DC.

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  • Listen Dark Room Collective
    A reunion of the Dark Room Collective at the Poetry Foundation in April 2012. This reading features Nehassaiu deGannes, John Keene, Kevin Young, Sharan Strange, Major Jackson, Thomas Sayers Ellis, and Natasha Trethewey.

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POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

LIFE SPAN 1959–

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Raised in Orangeburg, South Carolina, poet Sharan Strange earned a BA at Harvard University and an MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. Strange’s narrative poems often engage themes of family, rural southern childhood, and lost innocence. Her debut poetry collection, Ash (2001), was selected by Sonia Sanchez for the Barnard New Women Poets Prize. Her poems have been included in many anthologies, including Best American Poetry (1994), . . .

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