Sarah Schweig in conversation with Libby Burton
November 1, 2016, 7:00 PM
Poet Sarah Schweig’s debut collection, Take Nothing with You, explores the space between the worlds we can imagine and the absurd one with which we’re stuck. Schweig’s poems seek to transform the detritus of the everyday, discovering the lyric in scattered headlines, office e-mails, and road signs. The late Mark Strand called Schweig’s work “masterfully poised hymns to dissatisfaction.”
Sarah V. Schweig is the author of the chapbook S and the collection Take Nothing with You. Her poetry and criticism has appeared or is forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, BOMB Magazine, Boston Review, Everyday Genius, HTML Giant, The Iowa Review, among others. A graduate of the University of Virginia and Columbia University, where her manuscript was the recipient of the David Craig Austen Memorial Award, and previously a 2012 Emerging Poet Resident at Poets House, a 2010 Tennessee Williams Scholar at Sewanee Writers Workshop, and a 2010 Ruth Lilly Fellowship finalist, she works as an animal news writer, studies philosophy at The New School for Social Research, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Libby Burton is a senior editor at Henry Holt & Company, where she edits both fiction and nonfiction. Her authors include Melissa Broder, Amy Rose Spiegel, Greg Baxter, Alana Massey, and D. Watkins, among many others. Her poetry has appeared in The Atlas Review, Denver Quarterly, Guernica, Juked, la fovea, Meridian, the North American Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Tin House, among others. She lives in Brooklyn.