About

sandy pic coverI was born in Nashville, TN. Having an accomplished seamstress and artist as a mother, and a musician as a father meant creativity played a large part in my upbringing. Poetry and art were childhood companions, along with a keen interest in the natural world.

I graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Microbiology. I completed a year-long Medical Technology program in Huntsville, AL before becoming licensed as a Medical Technologist. I worked in clinical labs and hospitals in the fields of Microbiology, Toxicology, and Immunology.

After raising a family of four children, I returned to my creative roots to explore the genre of poetry. I completed a creative writing certificate program, called The Writer’s Loft, at Middle Tennessee State University, and began submitting poems for publication. In addition to placing poems in various journals, my chapbook, Continuum, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2012. My second collection, The Presence of Absence, won the 2014 Janice Keck Literary Award for Poetry. I am active in open mic and poetry groups in the Middle Tennessee area.

I’m a mixed media and watercolor artist, selling my work through my Etsy Store, SparrowHouseArt, and at various shops and boutiques in the middle Tennessee area. Much of my art blends images with words of encouragement – featuring themes of Home, Love, Belief in Self, and Courage – thus combining art with poetry.

Always physically active, I extended my love of running into the sport of triathlon. Beginning with a sprint distance triathlon in 2011, I trained for and completed the full-distance Ironman event in the inaugural Ironman Chattanooga in September 2014. I have been an All World Athlete (Top 10% in my age group worldwide) in 2014, 2015, and 2016. I have qualified for Age Group Nationals (Olympic distance) in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Recently, I qualified for 2017 World Championship race for the 70.3 (Half Ironman) distance which will be held in Chattanooga, TN in September 2017. I am active, and a past board member, in my local triathlon team, Brentwood Endurance Athletic Club (BEAT).

I love to travel and create digital scrapbooks of my trips. I enjoy delving into the culture and history of the countries I visit, planning the trips myself and exploring on my own.

I live in Brentwood, TN, where I continue to write, create art, and train for endurance races.

You can contact me here.