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How does one live an abundant life and yet find time to write? Well, sometimes sleep must be sacrificed. Even with a busy family and a teaching career, Sandra still makes poetry a central focus of her life. It helps that she is an accomplished insomniac.

Sandra is the author of the prose poem collection The Magic Rectangle from Folded Word, and the co-author of the bestseller cookbook Weber’s Big Book of Grilling (Chronicle Books), which has sold over half a million copies. Her poems have appeared in many online and print magazines and anthologies, including Glass, DISARM, Reunion: The Dallas Review, Pure Francis, Steam Ticket, Poets Against the War, and Word Riot.

Sandra earned her Master of Arts degree in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she also taught creative writing. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University after having studied in Bordeaux, France. She received a Fulbright Grant to study in (West) Germany and lived in Regensburg, Göttingen, and Köln. She speaks both French and German.

But all God’s children gotta eat, so for 20 years, Sandra was self-employed as a writer and marketer at Wily Dog Marketing. She worked in multiple industries, most notably in cooking and fine dining. More recently she rekindled her teaching career and now teaches writing full-time at Red Rocks Community College near Denver.

Sandra and her family live in the Colorado Rockies with two dogs, a herd of deer, and the occasional bear. They are never bored.

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