Sandra Simonds

Tallahassee, FL

Author's Bio

Sandra Simonds is the author of four books of poetry: Steal It Back (forthcoming from Saturnalia Books, December 2015), The Sonnets (Bloof Books, 2014), Mother Was a Tragic Girl (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2012), and Warsaw Bikini (Bloof Books, 2009). Her poems have been included in the Best American Poetry 2015 and 2014 and have appeared in many literary journals, including Poetry, the American Poetry Review, the Chicago Review, Granta, Boston Review, Ploughshares, Fence, Court Green, and Lana Turner. In 2013, she won a Readers’ Choice Award for her sonnet “Red Wand,” which was published on, the Academy of American Poets website. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida and is an assistant professor of English and Humanities at Thomas University in Thomasville, Georgia. Sandra’s fifth book, Further Problems with Pleasure, is the winner of the 2015 Akron Poetry Prize and is forthcoming from the University of Akron Press.

Publications and Prizes

Further Problems With Pleasure
(University of Akron Press, 2017)
, Mother Was a Tragic Girl
(Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2012)
, Steal It Back
(Saturnalia Books, 2015)
, The Humble Travelogues
(Cy Gist Press, 2007)
, The Sonnets
(Bloof Books, 2014)
, Warsaw Bikini
(Bloof Books, 2009)
The Tar Pit Diatoms
(Otoliths Books, 2006)
, Used White Wife
(Grey Book Press, 2009)
Prizes Won: 
2015 University of Akron Poetry Prize Winner Best American Poetry 2015, 2014 Cleveland State University Press Open Reading Poetry Prize Winner for Mother Was a Tragic Girl

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Garments Against Women by Anne Boyer
Neo-Surrealism: Or, the Sun at Night: Transformations of Surrealism in American Poetry by Andrew Joron
Citizen by Clauida Rankine

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European American
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Washington DC
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Los Angeles, CA
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Last updated: Oct 08, 2015