Sarah Lindsay grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Growing up, poetry was an integral part of Lindsay’s life. Both her parents read poetry to her from a young age, and many of her teachers throughout her education supported and developed Lindsay’s interest in poetry. Lindsay claims her parents, Charles Lindsay, a math professor, and Phyllis Lindsay, a French teacher, were “interested in just about everything.” Early and continued exposure to poetry and her parents’ broad interests are what she says contributed to her ability to write poetry as an adult.
Lindsay attended St. Olaf College, where she received a bachelor’s degree. Then she went on to obtain her master of fine arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. As a graduate student, she was the editor of Greensboro Review from 1982 to 1984. After graduation, she remained in Greensboro. Unicorn Press published chapbooks of her poetry, Bodies of Water (1986) and Insomniac’s Lullaby (1989), and offered her a job.
Although Lindsay has published three books of poetry in addition to the chapbooks, professionally, she has been involved primarily in the editing and technical side of publication, learning to set type, print, and bind books by hand while she worked at Unicorn Press. In 1988, Lindsay began working for Pace Communications as a copy editor. Although she never left Pace, she spent time working on various custom-published magazines within the company. Most notably, she worked on Delta Airlines’ in-flight magazine, Sky, for fourteen years (1995-2009). In 2009, she began working on Verizon Wireless publications. To further her creative endeavors, she has played cello for more than twenty years with a group of friends who call themselves the Quartet mit Schlag.