Sandra Ervin Adams

502 Coyote Circle
Midway Park, NC 28544

Author's Bio

Sandra Ervin Adams, who lives near Jacksonville, NC, has had poetry published in anthologies and literary journals. She is a member of the North Carolina Writers' Network and The North Carolina Poetry Society. In 2008 she was mentored by Professor Lenard D. Moore as an adult student poet in North Carolina’s Gilbert-Chappell Series and taught a poetry workshop at New Bern’s First Literary Symposium. In 2006 she authored a chapbook, Union Point Park Poems. She has been a writer-in-residence three times at Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, in Southern Pines, NC. Her second poetry chapbook (2011) is titled, Through a Weymouth Window, and she is working on a poetry book about Swansboro, NC and its people. In 2011 she hosted a Poetry Cafe' at The New Bern-Craven County Public Library, a Poetry Reading at Parks & Recreation on Emerald Isle, NC, and a poetry reading at Flynne's Coffee Bar, Southern Pines, NC because of her poetry chapbook, Through a Weymouth Window. In September of 2012 she hosted a Poetry Cafe' at the New Bern, NC Library, and in October she presented a Poetry Reading and display of old family photographs to Senior Citizens at the Belgrade Community Center in Maysville, NC. In November she read her poetry at Swansboro Senior Services in Swansboro, NC, and in December she read at the Pollocksville Library, Pollocksville, NC. In January of 2013 Sandra presented a mini-workshop on free verse poetry to the Carteret Writers in Morehead City, NC. She also served as host to a middle school student for his Job Shadow project in the AVID class. In February she read her poetry when she led a "Moments of Our Lives" session at the Senior Center in Morehead City, NC. In April she hosted a Poetry Cafe' at The New Bern-Craven Public Library in New Bern, NC, and in May she was one of three women poets who read their poetry and took part in a discussion titled, "Poetry: The Road to Getting Published," at the Kinston-Lenoir Public Library. In June she was invited Sandra was again invited to post on the Contributor's Blog for Minerva Rising Literary Journal. Her article, "Visual Art and Poetry Blend Well," appeared June 13 at: Sandra's poem,"Potter," appeared on the Arts page of the August 14th edition of ENC Weekly, a new local publication.

Publications and Prizes

A Time to Read, A Time to Write
(Old Mountain Press, Inc., 2012)
, Exit 109
(Old Mountain Press, Inc., 2009)
, Fields of Earth
(Old Mountain Press, Inc., 2012)
, Happy Feet
(Old Mountain Press, Inc., 2013)
, Home for the Holidays
(Old Mountain Press, Inc., 2006)
, I Wonder Why
(Old Mountain Press, Inc., 2012)
, In the Yard
(Old Mountain Press, Inc., 2006)
, Just Between Us
(Old Mountain Press, Inc., 2010)
, Lessons from Our Children
(Health Communications Inc., 1999)
, Littlest Blessings
(Whispering Angel Books, 2012)
, Looking Back
(Old Mountain Press, Inc., 2007)
, Mountain High
(Old Mountain Press, Inc., 2008)
, Mountain Time
(Old Mountain Press, Inc., 2006)
, New River High Tide
(North Carolina Council for the Arts, 2008)
, Night Whispers
(Old Mountain Press, Inc., 2007)
, Nurturing Paws
(Whispering Angel Books, 2011)
, Old Time Mountain Music
(Old Mountain Press, Inc., 2011)
, Remember When
(Old Mountain Press, Inc., 2011)
, Sand, Sea, & Sail
(Old Mountain Press, Inc., 2007)
, Southern Mist
(Old Mountain Press, Inc., 2008)
, The Nature of Things
(Old Mountain Press, Inc., 2012)
, The Outer Side of Life
(Old Mountain Press, Inc., 2008)
, They That Go Down to the Sea
(Old Mountain Press, Inc., 2010)
, Traveling Time
(Old Mountain Press, Inc., 2010)
, Words
(Old Mountain Press, Inc., 2011)
, You Gotta Love 'em
(Old Mountain Press, Inc., 2009)
All Things Girl, Byline, Cairn, Canvass, Jerry Jazz Musician, Penwomanship, Poetic Hours, r.kv.r.y. quarterly, Raving Dove, Shemom, Tale Spinners, The Lyricist, WRITE ON!!
Union Point Park Poems
(The Publishing Laboratory, 2006)
Prizes Won: 
In 1982 Sandra won an Honorable Mention in the Onslow County Arts Council Contest for her poem, "Rehearsal," and in 1983 she won Third Place for her poem, "To My Daughter." In 1990 she won First Place in the Coastal Carolina Writers Contest (judged by Ellen Johnston-Hale) for her poem, "Wolf." That year she also won Second Place in the West Virginia Poetry Society's Beaulah Tubbs Dungey Memorial Award for "A Patchwork Heritage," and Second Place in the Limerick Award Contest for "Since Our Children Moved Out of the Nest." In 1991 she won First Honorable Mention in the West Virginia Poetry Society Limerick Award for "Ben Burns." In 1994 she won Second Place in the Indiana State Federation of Poetry Clubs' Mack Poets Awards for "Couch Potato, Couch Potato." In 1997 she won Second Honorable Mention in the Indiana Fall Poets Rendezvous Contest, Limerick Award, for "Ben Burns," and Third Honorable Mention in the Marvin Walling Memorial Award for "The Dream." In 2005 she won Second Honorable Mention in the West Virginia Poetry Society's Joycelyn Smith Award for "Crossword Two Hundred Ninety-Three," and a citation for "In Daddy's Garden" in the Florida Writers' Contest. In 2006 she won First Place in the literary/poetry division of the Onslow Senior Games for "Overboard," and that same year she won two Honorable Mentions in the Carteret Writers Awards for Poetry for "Dancing" and "Overboard." In 2007 she won First Place in the literary/poetry division of The Onslow Senior Games for "Dancing." In 2008 she won Second Honorable Mention, Celebrations Award, West Virginia Poetry Society for "Mother's Ring." She won First Place in the Fields of Earth Poetry Competition sponsored by Writers' Ink Guild, Fayetteville, NC in the religious/inspirational category for "The Night I Drive the Blues Out; First Place in the love Category for "Plans"; and Honorable Mention in the nature category for "In Daddy's Garden." In 2009 she won Second Place in The Lyricist Statewide Competition, Campbell University, for her poem, "Reminder." In 2009 she won Honorable Mention in the Heart Poetry Award Contest for her poem, "Unclaimed," and in 2011 an Honorable Mention in the same contest for "To An Expat." She also won Second Place for her poem, "Chair," in the Silverarts Competition,Onslow Senior Games. In 2010 she won First Honorable Mention in the Poetry Society of Tennessee's "homeless" category, for "The Corner of Marine and Lejeune Boulevard." In 2012 Sandra had 3 winning poems in the Fields of Earth Poetry Contest. "The Thread" won Third Place in the love category; "Sanctuary in the Park" won an Honorable Mention in the religious/inspirational category, and "Gone" received an Honorable Mention in the "open" category. She also won Third Place in the literary/poetry division of the 2012 Onslow Senior Games for her poem, "Finding Yesterday," and Third Place in the literary/life experiences division for her story, "My Santa Claus Memories." In addition, Sandra won First Place for her visual-mixed media art work, titled, "True Art," which included her poem, "True Art." She won Honorable Mention for her poem, "Mother's Ring," in the Nostalgia Press 2013 HeartPoetryAward poetry competition. Her poem was published in HEART #9, July 2013. Sandra was awarded an Honorable Mention from a juror for her poem, "The Key," in the 2013 Pamlico Writers Competition. Her poem, "Wolf," was printed on a special bookmark by Onslow County Public Library, which celebrated National Poetry Month by having a poetry contest with the theme of Onslow County history. Sandra won Third Place in the literary/poetry division of the 2013 Onslow Senior Games for her poem, "Surrendered," and First Place for her visual-mixed media art work, titled, "Stepping Stones," which included her poem, "Stepping Stones."

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina: A Guidebook by Georgann Eubanks

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Jacksonville, NC
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Last updated: Aug 21, 2013