Sarah Wetzel Awarded 2013 To the Lighthouse Prize

272“River Electric with Light,” Sarah Wetzel’s astounding manuscript,  is winner of AROHO’s 2013 To the Lighthouse Poetry Book Prize


Finalist Judge, Tracy K. Smith says, “Like the river of the collection’s title, these poems ride upon a current of arduous insight and indelible imagery.  And, like all courageous writing does, they make their own particular peace with the likelihood that even our most insistent questions–about love and human cruelty and belief–will never be adequately answered.” 

Sarah Wetzel, poet and engineer, is the author of Bathsheba Transatlantic, which won the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry and was published in 2010. After having job-hopped across Europe and the Americas, Sarah will be teaching literature next year at The American University of Rome. She’ll still spend a lot of time writing on planes, dividing time between Manhattan, Rome, and Tel Aviv, Israel. Sarah holds an engineering degree from Georgia Tech and a MBA from Berkeley. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Bennington College in January 2009. You can see some of her work at



Special congratulations also to finalist Brittney Scott for her manuscript, “Ex-Votos,” and to the hundreds of authors whose top-notch manuscripts we had the pleasure of reviewing.

Author: A Room of Her Own

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