Sarah Morgan Bryan was born in Lexington, Kentucky to Talbot Nelson Bryan and Mary Spiers. She spent much of her life in Ohio, Washington DC, and Ireland. On June 18, 1861 she married John James Piatt, also a poet, as well as a federal employee who eventually served as an American Consul in Ireland. Sarah Piatt was a prolific and popular poet during her lifetime, associating with prominent literary figures in America and abroad. During her career, she published some 450 poems across fifteen volumes and in leading periodicals of the day. She died in Caldwell, New Jersey.
The Capital (Digital portal to full issues of the rare Washington, D.C.-based weekly newspaper edited by Piatt's brother-in-law, Donn Piatt, who often published her poems in it. Digitization and hosting provided by The Ohio State University Libraries, Rare Books and Manuscripts Library.)