A poet and artist, Sally Van Doren is the author of four poetry collections, including Sibilance (LSU Press 2023), Promise, Possessive and Sex at Noon Taxes which received the First Book Award from the Academy of American Poets. Her poems have been featured in Poetry Daily, Poetry London, The Moth, The New Republic, Poetry Ireland Review, Prairie Schooner, NPR, PBS, The Poetry Foundation, American Life in Poetry and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her ongoing poetic memoir, “The Sense Series,” was part of a multi-media installation performance at The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. As a visual artist, she exhibits regularly and her work is held in distinguished private and corporate collections and appears in art publications such as the cover of The Difference is Spreading: Fifty Contemporary Poets on Fifty Poems (UPenn Press 2022).
A St. Louis native, Van Doren holds a BA from Princeton in Comparative Literature and an MFA from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has taught poetry workshops for the 92nd Street Y, the St. Louis Public Schools and other public and private educational institutions. She works from her studio in West Cornwall, CT.

Other Works

  • Promise

  • Possessive

  • Sex at Noon Taxes


Awards and Recognition

  • Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets