A native of New Jersey, Sandra has lived on both coasts, two continents, moved thirteen times and traveled to all seven continents, but she has called Minnesota her home since 1972. After staying a decade in one place and seeing her sons off to college, in the mid 1980s Sandra began poetry classes at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota and she’s been writing poetry ever since. Most recently she was selected for the Loft’s Foreword Program, a program established to assist promising writers produce a manuscript for publication. An enthusiastic traveler and story-teller, Sandra focuses her poetry on people, places and politics. However, as a poet perched near the 45th northern parallel, she is also drawn to writing about the landscape of weather. Along the way she has seen her poems appear in magazines and journals, and in 1996 poet Naomi Shihab Nye nominated her for a Pushcart Prize.
She has three published chapbooks. Whistling Girls and Cackling Hens (2003) and Over a Threshold of Roots,(2007) were both published by Pudding House Publications of Columbus Ohio. Her most recent chapbook Weekend Weather: Calendar Poems is self-published through Brio Press, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Most of her published poetry can be found at her website http://www.cardinalpointspoetry.com
Sandra spent her professional life as a leader and manager in the nonprofit world. She maintains a website http://sandra-larson-consulting.com that highlights her career and interests in assisting the community. She currently serves on the board of directors of St. Stephen’s Human Services whose mission is to end homelessness. She is the mother of three sons, two grandchildren and a relative to many beloved people. She is also devoted to Harry, her Scottish Terrier and her circle of friends and colleagues.