Sarah Mackey Kirby grew up among magnolia trees and lightning bugs in Louisville, Kentucky. Her poems have been published in numerous journals, including Boston Literary Magazine, Cajun Mutt Press, Chiron Review, Connecticut River Review, Hobo Camp Review, Impspired Magazine, Muddy River Poetry Review, ONE ART, Ploughshares, Punk Noir, The New Verse News, Third Wednesday Magazine, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
While attending the University of Louisville, she worked as a law firm receptionist during the day and as a server at night. After earning her BA in political science, she worked as an executive assistant for a wonderful eye surgeon.
She received her MA in teaching and moved farther south to a beautiful town on the Kentucky/Tennessee border. There, she taught seventh grade world history for several years, a job that brought her immense joy and lots of laughs. She returned to her hometown to be closer to family and taught high school history to a fabulous and diverse bunch of students in a county two doors south.
Sarah finds poetry tucked under rocks and dangling from front porch swings. In light and in shadows. In beauty and in hurt. She loves to cook, read, travel, and feel summer dirt on her hands, and she feels grateful for the life she has. Sarah and her husband live in the now.