Sarah Arvio is an American poet, essayist and translator.
She is the author of Visits from the Seventh, Sono: cantos, and night thoughts: 70 dream poems & notes from an analysis and a combined edition of Sono and Visits from the Seventh, from Bloodaxe.
She has won the Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim fellowship, a Bogliasco fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship, and other honors.
Arvio has been widely published in journals and magazines. Her work has also appeared in many anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 1998, The Best American Erotic Poetry, Womenâ€™s Work, the FSG Book of 20th Century Italian Poetry, the Oxford Book of Latin American Short Stories, and Ariadneâ€™s Thread: A Collection of Contemporary Womenâ€™s Journals.
The poet and philosopher John Koethe, in his citation for Arvioâ€™s Boston Review prize, said this: â€œThe idea of the distinctive poetic voiceâ€¦seems central to Sarah Arvioâ€™s poetry, which sounds like no one elseâ€™s. Yet the voice in her poems seems to emanate from a kind of psychic doppelganger, originating from an imagined self somewhere outside her and passing through her on the way to the reader. It writes the self from which it issues, rather than the other way around, and is constructed out of wordplay and verbal associationsâ€¦ The results are poems that possess both an eerie psychological presence and a blunt verbal materiality.â€