Sapphire is an author and poet whose work has been included in many publications, including Women on Women, HIGH RISK 2, Critical Condition: Women on the Edge of Violence, Queer City: The Portable Lower Side, and War After War. Her books include American Dreams, Black Wings & Blind Angels, and Push, which was made into the movie Precious, which received six Academy Award nominations, and two Academy Awards.

Sapphire was the 1994 recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Scholarship in Poetry and the first place winner in Downtown Magazine’s Year of the Poet III Award for 1994.

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