Sara Borjas is a Chicanx pocha and a Fresno poet. Her debut collection of poetry, Heart Like a Window, Mouth Like a Cliff, is forthcoming from Noemi Press in March 2019 as part of the Akrilica—a co-publishing venture between Noemi Press and Letras Latinas—the literary initiative at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame—showcases innovative Latinx writing. The series name recalls the groundbreaking, bilingual book from the eighties by distinguished Chicano writer, and United States Poet Laureate Emeritus, Juan Felipe Herrera.
Sara earned a B.A. in English Literature from Fresno State and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Writing for Performative Arts from University of California, Riverside. She is currently a lecturer in the Department of Creative Writing at UC Riverside. Her poetry can be found in The Academy of American Poets Poem a Day Series, TinderBox, The Offing, Entropy, Queen Mob's Tea House, Cultural Weekly, The Acentos Review, and Luna Luna, amongst others. She co-hosts and produces The Lovesick Poetry Podcast — a west coast poetry podcast launching in 2019, alongside IRL cousin and award-winning poet, Joseph Rios.
She is a 2017 CantoMundo Fellow, a 2016 Postgraduate Writers Conference Fellow at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a 2013 Community of Writers Workshop at Squaw Valley Fellow. She is the recipient of the 2014 Blue Mesa Poetry Prize. Sara was also named runner-up for the 2010 Larry Levis Undergraduate Memorial Prize judged by Philip Levine and thrice-nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Los Angeles but stays rooted in Fresno.
She digs oldiez, astrophysics, aromatics, and tiny prints is about decentering whiteness.