EV•O•LU•TION PRESENTS: Sarah LeWarn

This year's ev•o•lu•tion event is sure to be a blast, and we've got some incredible artists participating whose work we're excited to share. Sarah LeWarn is another one of our poets participating, and has some solid advice for revising work. Sarah is a native of New York and a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in Brooklyn and is currently pursuing a Masters in Psychology at The New School for Social Research. Her work has appeared in Word Riot and Winter Tangerine Review. A majority of her writing is devoted to the artistic nature of cigarette smoke and analyzing her bisexual, suburban, catholic identity. This identity is still a work in progress.

I’m a writer who tends to let imagery and simile get the better of me. I waver between prose and poetry, usually feeling out the proper line breaks after several rounds of trial and error. I’ve always gained great insight from fellow writers that I respect and have been kind enough to edit my work. Sifting the emotional hyperbole and cliches from my drafts is essential to get the right language out of the stream of conscious tumblr style that I sometimes fear creeps into the first few iterations. At the end of the day, I find the resting place for the poem by reading aloud; if a word or sentence continues to trip me up, then I try to let it go.