Dr. Sasha West is a poet and associate professor of creative writing. Her teaching specializations include poetry, the hybrid genre, creativity studies, eco-poetics, and intersections between the visual and literary arts.

Sasha West’s first book of poems, Failure and I Bury the Body (Harper Perennial 2013), was a winner of the National Poetry Series and the Texas Institute of Letters Bob Bush First Book of Poetry Award.  Her poems and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including: The American Poetry Review, The Southern Review, Kenyon Review Online, Ninth Letter, Copper Nickel, Georgia Review, Born Magazine, and Crazyhorse.

Year Started



PhD in Creative Writing & Literature, University of Houston

MA in Poetry, Writing Seminars, Johns Hopkins University

BAs in General Literature and Psychology, University of California San Diego

Achievement & Involvement

Honors and Awards

Fellowship, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, 2016

National Poetry Series, Winner, 2012

Texas Institute of Letters, First Book of Poetry Bob Bush Award, 2013

Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Louis Untermeyer Scholarship, 2009

Houston Arts Alliance Establish Artist Grant, 2008

Rice University Parks Fellowship, 2007-2008

Inprint's Verlaine Prize, 2007

Organizations, Boards and Memberships

2015-present, Advisory Board Member, Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts

2006-2015, Board Member, Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts

2007-2012, President of Board, Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts

2003-2006, Editor-in-Chief, Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts

2009, 2012, Poetry Curator, Menil Collection

Publications & Articles


Failure and I Bury the Body, Harper Perennial, 2013