Catching Up with Dara-Lyn Shrager

Where can we read some of your recent work?

Cover of "Whiskey, X-Ray, Yankee" by Dara-Lyn Shrager: a drawing of a colorfully-dressed person lying astride a stout quadruped in a red tub with a crow perched on its side, floating in an ocean under a star-filled black sky.

My full-length collection, Whiskey, X-Ray, Yankee, was published by Barrow Street Books in 2018. That seems like a hundred years ago at this point but I guess it wasn’t that long ago. Poems have been published most recently in River Heron Review and Crab Creek Review. All of this, and other fun stuff, can be found on my website:

What are you reading right now? 

Over at Radar Poetry (, I am reading tons of poems! The Coniston Prize is open for submissions (until September 1) and, after that, regular submissions resume for a 7th year. It never fails to amaze me how much talent exists in the world around me. Poets from everywhere on Earth are writing beautiful things, despite the obvious challenges. 

Just for fun, I’m reading My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh. It’s part heartbreak and part laugh-out-loud.

What’s next for you?

While the very concept of the future is currently terrifying, I am continuing to write poems for my second full-length collection. I’m also hosting some Zoom poetry workshops and working as a freelance manuscript editor. 

Other than that, I do a lot of staring into middle space and as much yoga as I can stand. 

It feels great to be connecting with anyone/everyone here. My deepest gratitude goes to the gifted Sarah Ann Winn for opening this space.

Dara-Lyn Shrager


Dara-Lyn Shrager lives in Princeton, New Jersey and is the co-founder and editor of Radar Poetry. Her chapbook The Boy From Egypt was published in 2009 by Finishing Line Press. Her full-length manuscript Whiskey, X-Ray, Yankee was published by Barrow Street Press in 2018, after being named a finalist for the Barrow Street Poetry Prize. Whiskey, X-Ray, Yankee was also a finalist for the Akron Poetry Prize, the Perugia Prize and the Brittingham and Pollak Prizes from the University of Wisconsin Press.