Sara Moore Wagner discussing and signing Hillbilly Madonna

Thursday, January 19, 2023 - 7:00pm
2692 Madison Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45208

Sara Moore Wagner discussing and signing Hillbilly Madonna

Thursday, January 19 at 7pm ET

Location: Joseph-Beth Cincinnati 

Join us for Sara Moore Wagner discussing and signing Hillbilly Madonna. Optional RSVP is below but not required to attend the event.

Sara Moore Wagner's Hillbilly Madonna is a harrowing and ultimately hopeful lens into rural life and the opioid crisis. Rendered with crucial honesty, these poems center women's experiences in Appalachia and reveal their often-overlooked stories and perspectives. Simultaneously tender and biting, Hillbilly Madonna ushers in a vital new voice in southern poetics, one that will stick with readers far beyond the wooded foothills of Ohio.


Sara Moore Wagner is the author of two full length books of poetry, Swan Wife (winner of the 2021 Cider Press Review Editors Prize) and Hillbilly Madonna (2020 Driftwood Press Manuscript prize winner), a recipient of a 2022 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, a 2021 National Poetry Series Finalist, and the recipient of a 2019 Sustainable Arts Foundation award. She is the author of the chapbooks Tumbling After and Hooked Through. Her poetry has appeared in many journals and anthologies including Sixth Finch, Waxwing, Nimrod, Western Humanities Review, Tar River Poetry, and The Cincinnati Review, among others, and she has been nominated multiple times for a Pushcart prize, for Best of the Net, and for Best New Poets. Her poetry has also been supported by a SAFTA residency, a merit scholarship from the Juniper Institute, and a scholarship to the Palm Beach Poetry Festival as a finalist for the Thomas Lux prize. She holds a BFA from BGSU, and an MA in literature from NKU.


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