Prolific author, challenging teacher, director of the Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Poetry Series, dynamic colleague, and ingenious baker, Natasha Sajé, like her best recipes or poems, combines a variety of elements to make a model for imitation. Her curious and exacting nature has led to excellence in many genres: verse, critical and reflective essays, and literary theory. Her latest collection of poems, Vivarium, and her essay anthology, Windows and Doors, have taught creative writers at the college and elsewhere about literary invention, voice, and poetic craft. Natasha’s readers look forward to the publication of her memoir and other writings to which she is currently devoted.
In poetry workshops and individual conferences, Natasha encourages her students to set rigorous standards for their compositions. As the poetry series director, she brings together poet teachers with Westminster students through public readings and events for professional advice. On the diversity committee and as an advocate, she has encouraged marginalized students in self-expression. As former English program chair and leader of faculty learning communities, Natasha has boosted collegiality with her supportive advice—and sometimes with confections of her own creation. Westminster is fortunate to have such a brilliant, dedicated, and creative faculty member.