Sandra Ann Winters is a native of Durham, North Carolina. She served as a professor of English and Irish literature at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, from 1989 to her retirement in 2011. Until 2015 she owned a second home in Millstreet, County Cork, Ireland where she travelled extensively and spent several weeks each year reading and writing. She continues to visit Ireland regularly for readings.
Sandra’s second full-length book of poetry Do Not Touch was published by Salmon Poetry in 2020 and launched at the 2020 AWP Conference and Book Fair in San Antonio, TX, in March 2020. Her previous full-length poetry collection was The Place Where I Left You, published by Salmon Poetry in 2014. Her debut chapbook Calving Under the Moon was published by Finishing Line Press in 2013.
Sandra’s poem “Death of Alaska” won the 2011 Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition sponsored by the Munster Literature Center in Ireland. She has been nominated by editors for the Pushcart Prize in 2011 and 2018. Her poems have been recognized in contests including the Carteret Annual Writing Contest, the Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition, the Deane Ritch Lomax Poetry Competition, the Press 53 Open Poetry Award, the Rita Dove Poetry Award, the Inkwell Journal annual poetry contest, the Fish Poetry Prize, and the W.B Yeats Society of NY Yeats Poetry Prize.
Sandra’s journal and anthology publications include the Cork Literary Review, Southword, the North Carolina Literary Review, Flying South, Even the Daybreak: 35 Years of Salmon Poetry, The Deep Heart’s Core: Irish Poets Revisit a Touchstone Poem, The Shoal, and the Wisconsin Review.