Miriam Sagan

Miriam Sagan was born in Manhattan, raised in New Jersey, and educated in Boston. She holds a BA with honors from Harvard University and an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University. She settled in Santa Fe in 1984.

Sagan is the author of more than twenty books. Her most recent is a memoir, Searching for a Mustard Seed : A Young Widow’s Unconventional Story (Quality Words in Print 2004, winner best Memoir from Independent Publishers 2004). Her poetry includes Rag Trade (La Alameda Press 2004), The Widow’s Coat (Ahsahta Press 1999), and The Art of Love (La Alameda Press 1994).

Sagan directs the creative writing program at Santa Fe Community College, and has taught at the College of Santa Fe, University of New Mexico, Taos Institute of the Arts, Aspen Writer’s Conference, throughout the United States, and online for writers.com and UCLA Extension. She has held residency grants at Yaddo and MacDowell, and she is the recipient of a grant from the Barbara Deming Foundation/Money for Women and a Lannan Foundation Marfa Residency.

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Archeology of Desire

Miriam Sagan

Publication Date: October 1, 2001

$8.95 Tradepaper

ISBN: 1-888996-32-3



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“Sagan’s richly sensual writing blends elements of mature insight with deeply felt experience. These are poems of an examined life with moments of Zen clarity throughout. It is, in fact, the clarity that drives these poems. The language is careful but deliberate, exquisitely crafted and emotionally moving. One gets the sense that her desire to write poetry comes from the desire to give permanent voice to something in the experience of life – to find ourselves spoken for in art gives dignity to our pain, our anger, our lust, and our losses. This is what poetry is about. When Miriam Sagan casts her imaginative eye on something, it stares back.”—Jeanie C. Williams, Southwest Book Views