Hi, I'm Sage Cohen

I write books and poems, essays and love letters, short stories, articles, strategic marketing copy, and thank-you notes. I’m so happy you’re here.

Published work

I am the author of the nonfiction books Writing the Life Poetic, Fierce on the Page, and The Productive Writer, all from Writer’s Digest Books, and the poetry collection Like the Heart, the World from Queen of Wands Press. My poems, essays, and fiction have been published widely, winning a variety of awards and honors. You can see my full portfolio of published work here.  And to learn what I believe about the writing life, check out my manifesto.

Instruction & empowerment

lecture and teach nationally at workshops and conferences, and I offer online courses to a global audience. My articles about the writing life have been featured in multiple editions of Poet’s MarketWriter’s Market, Guide to Self-Publishing, and Writer’s Digest magazine. Trained as a Falling Awake life coach in 2004, I support poets and writers to articulate and achieve what they want in their writing life and work.

Sage Cohen Global

Since founding Sage Cohen Global in 1997, I have been crafting communications solutions that accelerate business. As creative director, strategic marketer, brand champion and word whisperer, I partner with companies including Blue Shield, American Express, McKesson, and Xerox to make meaningful connections through high-impact stories. How can I help you?


I am a graduate of Brown University and the Creative Writing Program at New York University where I was awarded a full fellowship. I believe the real learning laboratory is life.


I have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, won first prize in the Ghost Road Press poetry contest, placed high in the Writer’s Digest 15th Annual Short Short Short Story Competition, granted a Soapstone residency, and sought out to judge a number of literary contests including for the Oregon Poetry Association and Writer’s Digest.


My laugh is loud, and my inquiries are deep. I love to eat sushi, assign meaning to experiences, hike in the forest, have deep conversations with friends, adore my child and animals, read and dance and drum and paint. I live in Richmond, Virginia with my son and a muse menagerie of animals.