No Matter the Wreckage


Sarah Kay, 2014

A Write Bloody Book

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A decade’s worth of writing about family, love, and the importance of “never let[ting] gravity become too familiar.”

Following the success of her breakout poem, “B”, Sarah Kay, in collaboration with illustrator Sophia Janowitz, released her debut collection of poetry featuring work from the first decade of her career.

“Forgive yourself for the decisions you have made, the ones you still call mistakes when you tuck them in at night”

No Matter the Wreckage presents readers with new and beloved poetry that showcases Kay’s talent for celebrating family, love, travel, and unlikely romance between inanimate objects (“The Toothbrush to the Bicycle Tire”). Both fresh and wise, Kay’s poetry allows readers to join her on the journey of discovering herself and the world around her. It is an honest and powerful collection.

Praise for Sarah Kay

“Sarah Kay is a fearsomely open and generous talent. In this collection she will give you moments so intimate and beautifully rendered you will come to know them as your own. An unalloyed joy from beginning to end.”

– Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist of Hamilton: The Revolution

“Nowhere have I found such humble honesty laced with such beauty. Nowhere, such boundless grace. Sarah Kay writes with a particular and rare magic, evoking emotions we may have forgotten we possess. No Matter the Wreckage is both spare and dense, uproarious and healing. An enchanting collection, imbued with courage, wisdom, lament, and triumph.”

– Jeanann Verlee, author of Said The Manic To The Muse

About Sarah Kay

* 2011 TED speaker (recording has been viewed 3 million times online)
* First book, “B” was ranked #1 Bestselling Poetry Book on Amazon
* Featured on HBO, American Public Radio, Huffington Post, CNN
* Founder and Co-Director of Project VOICE

A New Yorker. The founder and co-director of Project VOICE. A playwright. A best-selling author of four books of poetry including B, No Matter the Wreckage, The Type, and All Our Wild Wonder. She has performed in over 25 countries. An editor for Write Bloody Publishing. A Gemini. The daughter of a Taoist mother and a Brooklynese father. A hapa. An alum of the United Nations International School and a graduate of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. An alum of Brown University. An alum of Brown University Graduate School’s Masters Program in the Art of Teaching Secondary English. A recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Grinnell College.

A speaker at the TED Conference, “The Rediscovery of Wonder” in Long Beach, CA. A writer in residence at Hedgebrook. A Kundiman fellow. A Serenbe artist in residence. The artist in residence of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. the youngest honored speaker in the 34 year history of the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series at Southern Methodist University. Featured on the CNN, HBO Def Poetry Jam. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, the Tribeca Film Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Nantucket Project, the Apollo Theater, the Royal Danish Theatre, among hundreds more. She is an education advocate and keynote speaker for education organizations like NAIS, ECIS, AISA, and IBO, among others.


Additional information

Weight7 oz
Dimensions8 × 5.5 × .5 in
Page Count

100 pages

Publication Date

March 18th, 2014

Author Hometown

New York City, New York

Paperback ISBN


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