Recent Press

Interview: How It’s Made on Frontier Poetry. August 29, 2019.

Podcast: WMFA. Finding Writerly Courage. July 2019.

Podcast: On the Porch with Silas House. WUKY. July 2019.

Podcast: Think Humanities. Savannah talks with Bill Goodman, of the Kentucky Humanities Council.

Poetry Feature: “And the Word Was God” in Split This Rock’s Poem of the Week for May 3, 2019.

Reimagining Jesus: A Conversation with Savannah Sipple. The Rumpus, April 2019

Review: Rachel Nix, for Screen Door Review

Review: Pauletta Hansel, for Still: The Journal

Interview. Still: The Journal, February 2019

It took me a long time to give myself permission to write my truth. I had an entire manuscript and a mentor told me it was missing something vital: me. There was a lot of self-filtering because I was worried what people would think. There was also a lot of shame about my sexuality and my body. I made the decision to come out, and I think once I made that decision, something shifted. I was so tired of denying part of who I am, and there was a real relief at saying it out loud. I started to value myself more in my daily life and that created a shift in my writing voice.
— Savannah in Frontier Poetry
There are times when the shame rears its head, and these days it’s often in regards to who gets to tell my story because for so long it was told to me, and I had to choose to fight the established narrative or to participate in the lie. First, the battle was to get enough strength to walk away, to believe I was deserving enough, to accept my sexuality, and to believe I shouldn’t have to live with such toxicity in my life.
— Savannah in The Rumpus
WWJD and Other Poems is an unflinching collection that dares its readers to find themselves in these personal but wildly relatable poems. The work is challenging but charming, and as gritty as it is gorgeous. Savannah Sipple rises up in this book, no longer allowing others to point at her flaws—instead pointing at herself in the mirror with love, staring down anyone trying to alter her reflection.
— Rachel Nix, for Screen Door Review