As we all do, Sarah Carlson has many pieces to her whole. Those pieces include: mother, teacher, widow, skier, bicyclist, hiker, coach, drummer, and poet. Sarah lives in the western foothills of Maine where opportunities to make connections amid the splendor of the rivers, lakes, and mountains are plentiful. She began writing and combining her poetry with photographs of her outdoor experiences as part of healing from the sudden loss of her husband, Barry.
Her first book was published in February of 2018. Titled The Radiance of Change, it is a culmination of 12 years of writing and photography, with 175 parings of the two. A culmination, though Sarah knows she is not finished with her work. She believes that, though she does write the poetry, in truth it is writing her. The book can be read as an ongoing story or the reader can pick it up for occasional glimpses of grace and tidbits of tenderness. The Radiance of Change is infused with the wisdom of one who has carefully explored that which was causing dis-ease. Rich with gentle metaphoric connections in both her images and imagery, Sarah shares her work with the hope that her words and photographs may aid others in healing from whatever challenges their lives may contain. Sarah’s poetry can also be found on her blog.
Sarah received her B.S. in Education in 1990 and her M.Ed. in 2009. She has been teaching in the Mt. Blue Regional School District for the past 28 years. She currently teaches 4th grade and takes great joy in helping the young beings she has the pleasure of spending time with to enjoy both the world of nature and the power of creating images with words.