Join Melissa F. Alvarado as she talks to Lisa Sandlin bout her new book poetry what makes the sky bend
Lisa Sandlin was born in the Gulf Coast oil town of Beaumont, Texas, graduated from Rice University in Houston, and earned a M.F.A. in Writing at Vermont College. From 1997-2009, she taught at Wayne State College, with semester leaves to teach at The University of Texas and Kadir Has University in Istanbul, Turkey. Sandlin’s fiction has appeared in Shenandoah, Southwest Review, Crazy Horse, StoryQuarterly, Mississippi Review, and elsewhere and her nonfiction in The New York Times Book Review and in anthologies. Her books are The Famous Thing About Death (Cinco Puntos Press, 1991); Message to the Nurse of Dreams (Cinco Puntos Press, 1997), winner of the Violet Crown Award from the Austin Writers League and the Jesse Jones Award from the Texas Institute of Letters; In the River Province (Southern Methodist University Press, 2004), a finalist for the Jones award; and You Who Make the Sky Bend, a collaboration with New Mexican retablo artist Catherine Ferguson (Pinyon Publishing), winner of a New Mexico Book Award. Lisa also served as a co-editor of Times of Sorrow, Times of Grace (2002) from Omaha’s own Backwaters Press. She has received an NEA Fellowship, a Dobie Paisano Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and was a finalist for 2011’s Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America. Lisa teaches at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.