Sarah Certa ’10
I graduated from Winona State University in 2010 with a bachelor’s
in English and a handful of grad school applications. I didn’t know
what I would do next except that I wanted to write poems and
stay at home to raise my then-one-year-old daughter.
In the fall of 2010 I was accepted into the low-residency MFA
program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, which has enabled me to
be both a full-time graduate student and a stay-at-home mom.
But I needed to generate an income, and after pursuing several odd-
jobs I started my own photography business. I’ve always loved
making photographs, and offering my services to others allows
me to work from home as well as it feeds my incessant impulse
I never sit still for long, though. Currently I also intern for a
small poetry press and contribute as an editor for a literary review.
It’s important to me to immerse myself in the creative writing
community as much as I can.
Because I’m mostly my own
boss some days I still feel
like I don’t know what
I’m doing. But then
I remember I’m
completing my first
full-length book of
poems, soon I’ll
graduate with an
MFA, and I’ve been
doing it all with
my daughter at my
side, watching her
grow, inside and out.
Sarah is a regular contributor
to the magazine.
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