Meghan Sterling

Meghan Sterling’s work has been published or is forthcoming in The Los Angeles Review, Rhino Poetry, Nelle, Colorado Review, Rattle, and many others, and has been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes. Her debut poetry collection, These Few Seeds (Terrapin Books), came out in 2021 and was a Finalist for the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize in Poetry. Her chapbook, Self-Portrait with Ghosts of the Diaspora (Harbor Editions) her collection, Comfort the Mourners (Everybody Press) and her collection, View from a Borrowed Field, which won Lily Poetry Review’s Paul Nemser Book Prize, are all forthcoming in 2023. She is program director at Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and teaches poetry workshops. Read her work at

Student Feedback for Meghan

I really enjoyed Meghan’s class. It saved me countless hours of bewilderment, frustration and disillusionment. Grace Martin

Excellent workshop. Meghan’s knowledge and enthusiasm in sharing it made what could have been a very dry topic enjoyable and exciting. Greg Garner

This was an excellent course—exactly what I needed to be more proactive in sharing my work with the outside world. Meghan was an outstanding teacher and extremely generous with her time and expertise. I learned so much! Diane Carmony

This workshop was easily the best writing class I have ever attended (and I’ve taken a lot of writing classes). Meghan was obviously an expert in the submission process, and she shared valuable advice that I will use throughout my poetry career. Even more importantly, Meghan was like a writing cheerleader! She made me feel capable, and her encouragement helped me muster up the bravery to submit my work to literary journals soon. Sharla Supplee

This course helped to renew my commitment to getting my poems out there, provided specific strategies to prepare submission packets and update my bio, and eased my fear of rejection. Meghan’s knowledge and experience about publishing is matched by her enthusiasm and excitement about helping others get their work out into the world. Pamela Taylor

Meghan was an amazing teacher and I was sad our class ended. She was always very open to constructive feedback and providing a reason to why she believed something would work, and/or how to improve on our poetry if we weren’t connecting with a poem we wrote. I would highly recommend her for anyone. She is a wealth of knowledge, to say the least. Stephanie Rennick-Ortega

Meghan was specific, clear and concrete with the steps to take and gave many resources. I now feel confident to go into the summer armed with what I need to know and do to begin this process. I would highly recommend this workshop. Meghan, thank you for a great and very helpful experience! Maureen Martinez

Exactly what I needed right now. Taking this class has been like being a small single-engine plane wandering aimlessly around the tarmac and, in the blink of an eye, finding the runway. Maybe it’s your first solo flight. But if you want to fly, you need to gather your courage and dash down that strip of concrete until your wheels lift off the ground. Janet McKenzie

This was an excellent workshop. Meghan’s energy and commitment to the process was GREAT! I’d take a workshop with her again! Ann Matzke

“Meghan is a vibrant, knowledgeable, forward-thinking poet who is as excited about helping other poets reach their potential as she is serious about her own work. I’ve had the pleasure of two workshops with Meghan which have advanced my ability and confidence in writing, as a craft and a source of inspiration.” Mary Stewart

“I was very pleased with what I gained from Meghan’s workshop (via Zoom) this winter. As a former English teacher I really appreciated the clear course structure and her flexibility in responding to participants’ requests. She also handed out a lengthy course syllabus quite a while before the course started.There were excellent opportunities for writing, reading work by recognized poets and sharing our own work for feedback. I know I gained a lot more fluency writing using prompts and giving feedback to others’ work. She is both a fine poet herself and an excellent teacher of the art/discipline of poetry.” Lucia Owen