Sarah Holland-Batt is an award-winning poet, editor, critic and academic. Born in Southport, Australia in 1982, she grew up in Australia and the United States, and has lived in in Italy and Japan. She holds a first-class Honours degree in Literature, an MPhil in English and a PhD from the University of Queensland, and an MFA in Poetry from New York University, where she was the W.G. Walker Memorial Fulbright Scholar from 2010-2011. She has received fellowships from Yaddo and MacDowell colonies, the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, an Asialink Literature Residency, a Chateau de Lavigny Fellowship, a Hawthornden Fellowship, and the Australia Council Literature Residency at the B.R. Whiting Studio in Rome, among other honours. In 2016 she was awarded a prestigious Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship.
Her first book, Aria, was the recipient of several literary prizes, including the Anne Elder Award, the Arts ACT Judith Wright Poetry Prize and the Thomas Shapcott Prize, was shortlisted in both the New South Wales and Queensland Premiers' Literary Awards, and was commended for The Age's Poetry Book of the Year. Her second book, The Hazards, won the 2016 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Poetry, and was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier's Kenneth Slessor Prize, the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards, and the Adelaide Festival of Literature John Bray Memorial Poetry Award, among others.
Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including The New Yorker, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Slate, Agenda, The Massachusetts Review, The Cincinnati Review, Michigan Quarterly Review and many others, and have been translated into several languages, including Spanish, Dutch, German, Swedish and Bahasa Indonesian. She also writes short fiction, and criticism for publications including The Monthly, Australian Book Review, The Weekend Australian and The Sydney Morning Herald, among others.
She has worked as an editorial consultant for publishing houses New Directions and Atria Books in New York City, and as the poetry editor of Island magazine from 2014-2019, and presently lives in Brisbane, where she is an Associate Professor at QUT. She was also the editor of Black Inc.'s The Best Australian Poems 2016 and The Best Australian Poems 2017. As of 2020, she is the Poet's Voice columnist at The Australian newspaper.