Sandra signs a copy of her new book Do Not Touch at the 2020 AWP Conference and Bookfair in San Antonio, Texas.

Sandra read selections from her new book, published by Salmon Poetry, during a reception for Salmon poets Friday evening 6 March 2020 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Antonio.

You can listen to Sandra’s reading here.



Sandra Ann Winters reads to a standing room only group of poets 15 August, 2016, for Ó Bhéal, Cork’s weekly poetry event at the Long Valley Bar, Cork, Ireland.

You can listen to Sandra’s reading here.

Sandra Ann Winters is the winner of the 2011 Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition, and a Pushcart nominee, having won numerous poetry awards and commendations in the United States. She is the author of a full-length poetry collection The Place Where I Left You (Salmon Poetry 2014), and a chapbook Calving Under the Moon (Finishing Line Press 2013). Her poems have been published in the Cork Literary Review, the North Carolina Literary Review, Wisconsin Review, Southword Journal, and others. Most recently she has been published in Salmon Poetry’s new anthology Even the Daybreak, and her poems have been selected for the Winston Salem, NC, “Poetry in Plain Sight” poster program that displays winning poems throughout the city.

A resident of North Carolina, she retired from Guilford College, Greensboro, NC, as a professor of Irish and English literature. A part-time resident of Millstreet, County Cork, she has visited and travelled extensively in Ireland since 1998, returning often to read and write.

“Sandra Ann Winters’ poems are refreshingly direct, heroic in their address of the issues at the heart of the human condition. A natural empathy for the ‘individual journey’ is leavened by a superb mastery of her chosen craft, what Joyce calls ‘a scrupulous meanness.’ Her experience of growing up in rural North Carolina along with her extensive travels in Ireland bring a unique dimension to a poetry that transcends geographic and socio-cultural divides. How she unpeels the masks that would distract us from an assessment of our true Selves is quite unique in modern poetry. A most welcome and timely addition to the canon of Irish poetry.” – Eugene O’Connell, Editor Cork Literary Review

North Carolina Writers’ Network “Book Buzz” write-up January 16, 2015

2015 Cork Poetry Festival program

Reading in Cork City, Ireland, 22 November 2013

Sandra Ann Winters reads at St. Luke's Church, St. Luke's Cross, Cork City

Sandra Ann Winters reads at St. Luke’s Church, St. Luke’s Cross, Cork City


On Friday, 22nd November at 6pm St. Luke’s Church, St Luke’s Cross, the Gathering edition of the Cork Literary Review, edited by Mr Eugene O’ Connell will be launched. Celebrating its 15th edition this year, and featuring a forward by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, the Cork Literary Review features the work of some of the most well established Irish poets from around the world.

A selection of Review contributors will read on the night including William Wall, Mary Noonan, Gerry Murphy and special guest Sandra Ann Winters (erstwhile winner of the Gregory O’Donoghue Prize). Ms. Winters writes and teaches Irish Literature in the US and will also perform a reading from her new chapbook Calving Under the Moon.

Tim O’Leary, friend and fellow musician of the late Tomás Ó Canainn, will pay tribute to the writer and musician who was a great friend of Tigh Filí and whose work featured regularly in the Review since its inception.


Opening Night Cork Spring Literary Festival February 17, 2011:

The Cork Spring Literary festival opened in style, with a stunning setting in the Douglas Vance room of the Metropole hotel.  To start the evening, congratulations went out to Sandra Ann Winters, winner of the Gregory O’Donoghue prize, for her poem “Death of Alaska”.  Selected and awarded by Leanne O’Sullivan, Sandra’s poem resonated with loss and longing – a truly beautiful poem that lingers, one that you’d want to return to time and again.  Hopefully I’ll be able to link you up to a copy within the next few days.  Read more.