Having started piano lessons at a very tender age, Sarah Nishball began writing rhymes at age eight to express the constant beat in her brain. Encouraged by her mother, she branched out into prose, and by the time she was in the ninth grade Sarah was the editor-in-chief of her junior high school newspaper. Her rhymes became poems to convey the pure joy she felt at being alive, happily married, and the mother of three beautiful, intelligent children. The rhythms of poetry never seem to fail her; they are her constant companions.
Recognizing the need for poetry in our lives, the Oregon Poetic Voices Project (OPV) has begun to create a comprehensive digital archive of poetry readings that will complement existing print collections of poetry across the state.
"We each carry lines of poetry with us. Words that others have written float back to us and stay with us, indelibly. We clutch these "life lines" like totems, repeat them as mantras, and summon them for comfort and laughter."
-Academy of American Poets