Shari Wagner is Indiana Poet Laureate for 2016 and 2017. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Indiana University and has taught writing in universities, grade schools and retirement homes. She is the author of two books of poems: The Harmonist at Nightfall: Poems of Indiana and Evening Chore; co-author with her father of Making the Rounds: Memoirs of a Small-Town Doctor and A Hundred Camels: A Mission Doctor’s Murder Trial and Sojourn in Somalia; and editor of Returning: Stories from the Indianapolis Senior Center. Her poems or essays have appeared in The Writer’s Almanac, American Life in Poetry, North American Review, Shenandoah, The Christian Century, Black Warrior Review, and Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013. She has had three Pushcart Prize nominations and two Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Fellowships, as well as nine grants from the Indiana Arts Commission. In 2009, she was co-winner of Shenandoah’s The Carter Prize for the Essay. Visit her webpage here: www.shariwagnerpoet.com.
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