John Sarvay

Rookie (1968 / Richmond, Virginia)

Biography of John Sarvay

John Sarvay was born in Richmond, Virginia, and does not speak with a southern accent or eat fried okra. He has studied creative writing with Gary Sange at Virginia Commonwealth University, Leslie Shiel at The Visual Arts Center of Richmond, and with Susan Hankla at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He has written for The Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Washington Post, WIRED Magazine and a host of local and regional publications. In the early 1990s, he was editor of Caffeine Magazine, Richmond's monthly magazine of irony, news and culture. His website is at Updates


This morning the end of summer
washed around my ankles.

From the shifting shoreline
I had collected a small pile of tumbled
glass, smoothed by the surf.

As the sun broke through the cranberry sky,
I realized that there are times I'd prefer

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