Masters in Fine Arts, Bennington College - VT, USA


Sarah Wetzel is the author of River Electric with Light, which was winner of the AROHO Poetry Publication Prize and published by Red Hen Press in 2015. She is also the author Bathsheba Transatlantic, which won the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry and was published in November 2010 by Anhinga Press.

Sarah grew up a daughter of the American South but, after job-hopping across the Americas and Europe, somehow ended up straddling Manhattan, Tel Aviv, and Rome. Sarah has an engineering degree from Georgia Tech and an MBA from UC Berkeley. Her first job after graduating from Georgia Tech was as an engineer in an automotive assembly plant. Several jobs in a diversity of fields including consulting, high technology marketing, investment banking, and venture capital followed.

In 2004, she moved to live and work in Tel Aviv, Israel. Perhaps it was the shock of living in a different culture and language that sent her back to poetry and, taking a cue from Richard Hugo who wrote, “Writing is a slow accumulative way of accepting one’s life as valid,” Sarah made a fuller commitment to writing. While living almost full time in Tel Aviv, Sarah shuttled back and forth between Israel and the US to study literature and writing and, in 2009, completed a Masters in Fine Arts from Bennington College.

As well as at The American University of Rome, Sarah teaches courses and workshops in creative writing and literature at Tel Aviv University and Bar Ilan University, both in Israel, and serves as guest poetry editor for The Ilanot Review, an Israeli literary journal. Her poetry and criticism has also been published in many international and US journals. She is currently completing a manuscript of poetry dealing with Rome and with the life and works of Pier Paolo Pasolini. You can read some of her work at