Chivas Sandage

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer


Author's Bio

Chivas Sandage (SHEV-is SAN-dij) is at work on THE WIND BLEW THROUGH US: Love, Murder, & Justice in Texas, forthcoming in hardcover from the University of Texas Press. She is a digital columnist at Ms. Magazine and her column, Ms. Muse, features contemporary feminist poets as well as essays on the intersection of poetry, politics, and our lives. Her essays and poems have appeared in the Texas Observer, Hartford Courant, The Rumpus, Salmagundi, Southern Humanities Review, and Ms. Magazine (print), among others.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Same-Sex Marriage: The Moral and Legal Debate (Prometheus Books, 2004)
Daily Hampshire Gazette
Drunken Boat
Hartford Courant
Ms. Magazine


Morning Song: Poems for New Parents (St. Martin's Press, 2011)
Manthology: Poems on the Male Experience (University of Iowa Press, 2006)
Hidden Drive (Antrim House, 2012)
Artful Dodge
Evergreen Review
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Prizes won: 
  • Winner of the 2021 Claire Keyes Poetry Award, judged by poet Afaa Michael Weaver, for a group of 8 poems
  • Finalist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s 2020 Artist Fellowship Program and awarded a $1,500 artist grant for work on a narrative nonfiction book
  • Finalist for the Georgia Review’s 2020 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize, judged by poet Ilya Kaminsky 
  • Finalist for the 2018 Sonia Sanchez-Langston Hughes Poetry Contest
  • Runner-up for the 2017 Auburn Witness Poetry Prize, judged by poet Naomi Shihab Nye, and received an award and publication
  • Finalist for the 2017 Patricia Dobler Poetry Award
  • Two poems received national awards in the 2014 Provincetown Outermost Poetry Contest judged by Marge Piercy
  • Finalist for the 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Award in Poetry

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Little Rock, AR
Raised in: 
Houston , TX
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Last update: Jul 20, 2022