meet sarah herrin

Sarah Herrin (they/them) is a queer non-binary poet based in Boulder, Colorado. They studied Sequential Art and Creative Writing at the Savannah College of Art & Design, and in Southern France.

In 2020, they moved from Seattle to Colorado and while they don't love being land-locked, they are learning to appreciate the mountains. Sarah Herrin writes about survival, healing, grief, and resilience. As a survivor of sexual assault & PTSD, they find strength in sharing their story, and poetry is one way of taking their power back.

They are a gemologist, cat-parent, runner, and Bowie-lover. A self-professed workshop junkie, they regularly attend writing sessions with Community Building Artworks, Hugo House, Lighthouse Writers, The Poetry Lab, and A Very Important Meeting.

Herrin is founder, graphic designer, and editor at Beyond The Veil Press, which focuses on mental health awareness. They have published three chapbooks: The Oceanography of Her (Papeachu Press); One Thousand Good Answers (Sunday Mornings At The River); and Anti/Muse (Beyond The Veil Press).

Sunday Mornings At The River, 2022

In the wreckage of new trauma, and with a determination to heal, Herrin revisits the primal experience of abandonment and betrayal to rewrite their own self-love story.

In their growth-inspired reimagining of previous works, Sarah Herrin reveals that there’s magic in the space between. In One Thousand Good Answers, Herrin’s call and response to herself weaves between past and future, heartbreak and healing, trauma and recovery. This collection is deeply relatable and profoundly inspiring. Providing the original works next to the blackout poetry version, Herrin takes us on a visual journey of letting go. And the result is an empowering sense of self-efficacy and becoming.

"Herrin reminds us that as long as we are centered in our growth, we can heal; we can love; we can find our answers." - AJ Wojtalik

Beyond The Veil Press, 2021

Anti-Muse is a unique collection of poetry by Sarah Herrin, expressed with full-color illustrations by artist Josiah Callaway.

These poems span the depths of heartbreak and betrayal, to the reclaiming of self and purpose. Originally only available in hardback through Kickstarter, this is the revised paperback.

Other Books

Self-published Digital Zine, 2020

After enduring a brutal break-up, Herrin decided to write a love poem to everyone else instead. This digital zine contains 13 carefully curated poems. It is a fire ritual of reminiscing and releasing that allows indulgence and invites peace.

Papeachu Press, 2019

This chapbook explores themes of love and the beauty of nature; bisexuality, friendship, independence, and heartbreak; and the undercurrent running though it all: the healing power of water.

One Thousand Questions (And No Good Answers)

Self-published Full Collection, 2018

Herrin's first collection is out of print, but you can find selections of it in the black-out collection, One Thousand Good Answers.

Other Published Work


No One's Daughter; This Is My Battle (Sunday Mornings At The River)

Suppose You Change Your Life; Have I Mentioned I Am A Wolf (Twenty Bellows)

What you don't understand is; After The War/Before The War (Beneath the Soil/Time to Tell)

Winter Solstice (Sunday Mornings At The River)


Myth of Myself as Horror Story; Constellation Stories; Warning Signs (Querencia Press)

Father Poem; The Summoning (Pile Press)

Poetry In Motion, mixed-media collage poem (Ouch! Collective)


All Three Of My Rxpists Work For Amazon; Your Body Is A Crime Scene/Safe Place (blood moon POETRY)

Lady Grey Love Poem; Riverwalk San Antonio TX; Summer Fruit (East French Press)


Catnapping; Rebel/Upholder (East French Press)

Honey, Your Body Is A Rainforest/You Are Not Alone; He Is The Wound That Never Heals; The Strength Of A Woman (Sunday Mornings At The River)


100 Incredible Poets of Instagram (Untwine Me)

Creative Services

BOOK A SERVICE: Send a brief email explaining the goals of your project, with subject line Creative Services Inquiry to: mx.herrins[at]gmail[dot]com

Paypal and Venmo accepted.

Creative Writing

Manuscript Drafting

From concept to polished manuscript.


  • arranging poems into sequential order.
  • table of contents, copyright, acknowledgements pages
  • professional 1st draft, 2nd draft, and final draft; ready to submit or self-publish.


Micro-Chapbook (~10 poems) - $75

Poetry Chapbook (~30 poems) - $150

Book Length Poetry Collection

(~80 poems) - $250

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Poem Feedback

Friendly, concise suggestions to improve your poems.


  • detailed, thoughtful written feedback on your poems, considering the elements of craft and overarching theme of your collection.


3 poems - $45

5 poems - $75

10 poems - $150

Chapbook manuscript (~30 poems) - $250

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Business consulting for book publishing & self publishing

Let me share what I learned from art school, trial & error, and through comraderie with others in the industry.


  • Behind the Scenes at BTV Press
  • Author Welcome Packet
  • Publishing contract examples

(anthologies and chapbooks)

  • 1hr Zoom conversation

Rate: $150


May 5th, 6-9pm

NoBo First Friday Market (Boulder)

Emerald City, 4939 Broadway #60

The NoBo Market is a vendor village filled with artisans, makers, foodies and food trucks, performance and live music.

May 10th, 6:30-8pm

Poet's Dinner (Los Angeles)

Brewco, Manhattan Beach

An intimate, informal little dinner where poets can make new friends! Invite only.

May 14th, 5-8pm

Queer Poetry Open Mic (Denver)

Goldspot Brewing,4970 Lowell Blvd.

Come enjoy la pint while local queer poets share their amazing original material and maybe even get up there yourself!

About Beyond The Veil Press

Peer into the mysterious unknown.

Established in March 2021 by two SCAD grads, Beyond The Veil Press focuses on mental health awareness through poetry & art. Sarah Herrin, AJ Wojtalik, Tyler Hurula, and Kris Kaila make up the (femmes and thems) volunteer team.

They publish anthologies and solo author chapbooks, and donate 10% of proceeds from anthologies to mental health charities.

In February '23, they published an anthology of queer & trans voices in response to the Club Q shooting, with proceeds going to the Club Q Compassion Fund.

At Beyond The Veil's first in-person poetry event! (Photo by AJ Wojtalik.)

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With local poet and Petals & Pages bookstore owner Dylah Ray, and Beyond The Veil Press author Marissa Forbes.

Visiting LA poets Andres Sanchez, Sarah Esmi, and Beyond The Veil Press author Kyrsta Moorhouse.

With local poets & Beyond The Veil Press teammates, AJ Wojtalik & Tyler Hurula.