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Sheila Sanderson, M.F.A. - Faculty

 
Sheila  Sanderson, M.F.A.
 

Academic Statement (Return to top)

Sheila taught at the University of California, Irvine, and at Yavapai College prior to joining the Prescott College faculty. She teaches American and world literature courses, poetry workshops and editing practicum courses, and often mentors sense of place and travel writing independent studies. She also serves as poetry editor and creative nonfiction co-editor for Alligator Juniper, Prescott College's award-winning national literary journal and as co-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 have appeared in journals such as Alaska Quarterly Review, Atlanta Review, Cimarron Review and Crazyhorse.  She is also the author of a collection of poems, Keeping Even (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2011).

"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. I encourage students to be creative writers and critical readers. 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.  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."

 

 

Background & Experience

Selected Publications (Return to top)

Keeping Even, Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2011

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

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

“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

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

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

“In a Stand Of Saguaro, Thinking of Cedar," Nimrod International Journal, The Celtic Fringe:  Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Nova Scotia, U.S.A., Spring/Summer 2001

“Tectonics,” Crazyhorse, Winter 1999

 “Rift Valley,” Atlanta Review, Africa Issue, Spring/Summer 1999

 “A Lesson In Honest Darts,” The Cloverdale Review of Criticism and Poetry, 1992/1993

  “Under The Fig Leaves,” South Florida Poetry Review, Tenth Anniversary Issue, 1992

  “Direct To Elvis,” South Florida Poetry Review, Winter 1992

“Tribes,” South Florida Poetry Review, Winter 1992

 “History,” South Florida Poetry Review, Fall 1991

 “Another Country,” The Sucarnochee Review, 1988

 “Field Trip To Reelfoot Lake,” The Sucarnochee Review, 1988

“What I Wished For When I Threw Two Grotschens Into the Trevi Fountain,”  

     Chester H. Jones Foundation National Poetry Competition Winners, 1985

  “It Helps You See Things,” The Reaper, 1984

  

  

  


Education (Return to top)

M.F.A., Poetry, University of California, Irvine, 1986

M.A., English, Murray State University, 1984

B.S., English, Murray State University, 1981


Expertise (Return to top)

Sheila is an instructor of modern and contemporary literature courses, poetry workshops, editing practicum courses, and sense of place and travel writing independent studies.  She is also poetry editor and  creative nonfiction co-editor of Prescott College's award-winning national literary journal, Alligator Juniper, and the co-coordinator of the Southwest Writers Series, a series that brings both regionally and nationally-known authors to Prescott for public readings and community forums.


Coverage in News & Media (Return to top)

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 poems from the journal have been featured on Verse Daily, and several stories have been reprinted in anthologies, including Best of the West.


 

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