Sandra Simonds grew up in Los Angeles, California. She earned a B.A. in Psychology and Creative Writing at U.C.L.A and an M.F.A. from the University of Montana, where she received a poetry fellowship. In 2010, she earned a PhD in Literature from Florida State University. Her second book of poems, Mother was a Tragic Girl, was published by Cleveland State University Poetry Center in 2012. She is also the author of Warsaw Bikini (Bloof Books, 2008), which was a finalist for numerous prizes including the National Poetry Series; she is also the author of several chapbooks including Used White Wife (Grey Book Press, 2009) and The Humble Travelogues of Mr. Ian Worthington, Written from Land & Sea (Cy Gist, 2006). Her poems have been published in many journals including Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, The Believer, the Colorado Review, Fence, the Columbia Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Volt, the New Orleans Review and Lana Turner. Her Creative Nonfiction has been published in Post Road and other literary journals. She currently lives in Tallahassee, Florida and is an Assistant Professor of English at Thomas University in beautiful, rural Southern Georgia.
Publications and Prizes
Mother Was a Tragic Girl (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2012), Warsaw Bikini (Bloof Books, 2009), The Humble Travelogues (Cy Gist Press, 2007)
Used White Wife (Grey Book Press, 2009), The Tar Pit Diatoms (Otoliths Books, 2006)
Runner-up in the 2010 Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art Poetry Competition.
Nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2008 and 2009.
The King by Rebecca Wolff, Neo-Surrealism: Or, the Sun at Night: Transformations of Surrealism in American Poetry by Andrew Joron, Crush by Kasey Mohammad, My Soviet Union by Michael Dumanis, Folly by Nada Gordon
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Listing last updated: March 24, 2012