Academics at Prescott College

Sheila Sanderson, M.F.A.

Faculty

Sheila teaches workshops in poetry, creative nonfiction, memoir, and place-based writing as well as courses in American and world literature, and film and literature. She often mentors sense of place and travel writing independent studies. She also serves as editor for Alligator Juniper, Prescott College's award-winning national literary journal and as coordinator of the Southwest Writers Series, a series that brings both regionally and nationally-known authors to Prescott for public readings and community forums.

Her own poems and prose pieces have appeared in journals such as Alaska Quarterly Review, Arts & Letters, CrazyhorseMiramarNimrodNorth American ReviewRoomSoutheast Review, and Spillway, as well as in anthologies such as One for the Money: The Sentence as Poetic Form (Autumn House) and Language Lessons (Third Man Press).She is also the author of two collections of poetry, Keeping Even (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2011) and Ok by Me (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2017).

"Writers must always balance writing for themselves and writing for a more public audience. The function of a writing instructor, then, is to create an atmosphere in which students might explore and approach that balance. My creative writing workshops emphasize generating work through reading and writing exercises, and honing technique through giving and receiving thoughtful feedback. My rural Kentucky background has given me a strong sense of place, community, and history, as well as a love for stories. Stories are why I often keep long office hours, strike up conversations with strangers, and travel to out-of-the-way places. One of my greatest joys is helping student writers find their voices and tell their stories. I am at Prescott College because its philosophy validates my own process of learning and my style of teaching: here I am encouraged to experiment and to cross disciplines, but most importantly, to spend time really working with students.

Education

Education

M.F.A., Poetry, University of California, Irvine

M.A., English, Murray State University

B.S., English, Murray State University

Expertise

Expertise

Sheila teaches workshops in poetry, creative nonfiction, memoir, and place-based writing as well as courses in American and world literature, and film and literature. She often mentors sense of place and travel writing independent studies. She also serves as editor for Alligator Juniper, Prescott College's award-winning national literary journal and as coordinator of the Southwest Writers Series, a series that brings both regionally and nationally-known authors to Prescott for public readings and community forums.

Publications

Publications

Poetry Collections 

Ok by Me, Stephen F. Austin University Press/Texas A&M Consortium, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, 2017.

Keeping Even, Stephen F. Austin University Press/Texas A&M Consortium, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, 2011.

 

Poetry Publications/Journals

“Just as you begin to imagine eternity,” Nimrod International Journal, Spring/Summer 2018

“A storybook quiet this evening,” Southern Indiana Review, Fall 2017

“Letter from Kentucky Remembering an Idaho Winter,” The Louisville Review, Fall 2017

“My Love Is to Me as Water in the Desert,” North American Review, Spring 2017. Finalist for the James Hearst Poetry Prize.

“Inside a Walled City of Transylvania,” Arts & Letters, Spring 2017.

“The Language of the Old People Goes with Them,” Cloudbank, Spring 2017. 

“What the Trouble Is,” Miramar, 2017.

“At Chaco Canyon thinking of stone,” Southern Poetry Review, Spring 2017.

“Tumbleweeds invade the plazas,” Southern Poetry Review, Spring 2017.

“She said never trifle with a crossroads,” Hubbub, 2017.

“Written on the Back of a Topo Map of the Alaska Range,” Hubbub, 2015.

“Giving Up the Ghost,” Hubbub, 2015 

“Looking for the Absence of Wildlife,” Miramar, 2015.

“Turkiye,” Spillway, Winter 2014.

“Call Me Slipshod,” Miramar, 2014.

“Though the End Be No Mystery,” Spillway, Summer 2013.

“Cattails,” Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, 11:2, 2012.

“‘Only One Place to Be: Hell or Kentucky,’” Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, 11:2, 2012. 

“Conspiracy in White,” Crab Orchard Review, Winter/Spring 2012.

“Lazarus Hearing His Name Called,” Alaska Quarterly Review, Fall/Winter 2010. 

“High Desert Arizona,” Southern Poetry Review, 47:2, 2010.

“It So Happens,” Cimarron Review, Summer 2003.

“The Flyway,” Nimrod International Journal, The Celtic Fringe: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Nova Scotia, U.S.A., Spring/Summer 2001.

“Saguaro,” Nimrod International Journal, Spring/Summer 2001.

“Spendthrift,” Nimrod International Journal, Spring/Summer 2001.

“In a Stand of Saguaro, Thinking of Cedar,” Nimrod International Journal, Spring/Summer 2001.

“Woodcut,” Nimrod International Journal, Spring/Summer 2001.

“Tectonics,” Crazyhorse, Winter 1999.

 

Creative Nonfiction Publications/Journals

“The Bacon-Only Diet,” The Southeast Review, 35:2, 2017.

“My Old Kentucky Home,” Room, Fall 2017.

“Notes from the Flyway,” Big Muddy, Fall 2017.

 

Anthologies

“High Desert Arizona,” Poets of the West and West Coast, Southern Poetry Review, 51:2.

“In the Temple of the Bulrushes,” Language Lessons, Third Man Press, 2014.

“Though the End Be No Mystery,” Language Lessons, Third Man Press, 2014. 

“Conspiracy in White,” Language Lessons, Third Man Press, 2014.

“It So Happens,” One for the Money: The Sentence as a Poetic Form, a Poetry Workshop Handbook and Anthology, Lynx House Press, 2012.

“Tectonics,” Verse Daily, Fall 2012.

 

Reprints

“Written on the Back of a Topo Map of the Alaska Range,” Gamut, 2017.

“High Desert Arizona,” Featured Poet, San Pedro River Review, 2016.

“Overtaken by a Stampede of Tumbleweed,” Featured Poet, San Pedro River Review, 2016.

“Easter Sunday,” Featured Poet, San Pedro River Review, 2015.

“The Stopping Place,” Featured Poet, San Pedro River Review, 2015.

“‘Only One Place to Be: Hell or Kentucky,’” Featured Poet, San Pedro River Review, 2015. 

“Never and Always,” Featured Poet, San Pedro River Review, 2015.

“Loving You from Vortex, Kentucky,” Parable, 2013.

“Because Salvage Trumps Oblivion,” Parable, 2013.

Media

Media

Sheila is poetry editor and creative nonfiction co-editor for Alligator Juniper, Prescott College's national literary journal, which has won three content awards from Associated Writing Programs. Several pieces from the journal have been featured in anthologies such as Verse Daily and Best of the West. Students have published work in undergraduate literary journals and anthologies such as plain china, Oakland Arts Review, and Thoreau’s Rooster.

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