Discipline: Literature – poetry

Sara Borjas

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: Fresno, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

Sara Borjas is a Xicanx Pocha, is from the Americas before it was stolen and its people were colonized, and is a Fresno poet. George Floyd. Delaina Ashley Yaun Gonzalez. Lorenzo Perez. Xiaojie Tan. Say their names. Joyce Echaquan. Her debut collection of poetry, Heart Like a Window, Mouth Like a Cliff was published by Noemi Press in 2019 and won a 2020 American Book Award. Juanito Falcon. Breonna Taylor. Daoyou Feng. Elcias Hernandez-Ortiz. Sara was named one of Poets & Writers 2019 Debut Poets, is a 2017 CantoMundo Fellow, and the recipient of the 2014 Blue Mesa Poetry Prize. Hyun Jung Grant. Ahmaud Arbery. Suncha Kim. Her work can be found in Ploughshares, The Rumpus, Poem-a-Day by The Academy of American Poets, Alta, and The Offing, amongst others. Sandra Bland. Soon Chung Park. Yong Ae Yue. Her current work intervenes on the moments where white supremacy and patriarchy are upheld in academic institutions, art, and Xicanx family values, and aims to make everyday whiteness glaring rather than normal, expected, and invisible. She believes that all Black lives matter and will resist white supremacy until Black liberation is realized, lives in Los Angeles, and stays rooted in Fresno. Find her @saraborhaz. Say their names.

Sara developed her second poetry manuscript while at residency at MacDowell. Her poetry attempts to discern and disentangle the complicity of Latinx people (in addition to "White" people) with White supremacy and internalization of whiteness in academic spaces, art departments and curation, the hospitality industry, in conversations with family who might be agents of the state (military, police officers, correctional officers), BIPOC writing communities and organizations, non-profit organizations, fitness, and entertainment.



Sara Borjas worked in the Veltin studio.

Veltin Studio was donated by alumni of the Veltin School, a school for girls in New York with a highly respected visual arts department. As the plaque just outside the entrance attests, this studio was used by poet Edwin Arlington Robinson during most of the 24 summers he spent at MacDowell. Perhaps most famously, Thornton Wilder put the finishing…

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