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About the Writer

Since receiving her MFA degree in Creative Writing from the University of N. C.—Greensboro, Sandra Redding has published two city books, a memoir and a historical novel based on the life of legendary Naomi Wise. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in over 100 anthologies and magazines and she has written book reviews and columns for several newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Greensboro’s News & Record. Presently she pens a monthly literary column, N. C. Writer’s Notebook, and occasional stories for O.Henry, Pinestraw and Salt magazines. Sandra hopes to finish the final edit of her latest novel, This I Know by summer 2015.

Believing authors should be mentors, she enjoys teaching others the craft. Besides teaching at High Point University and several North Carolina community colleges, she has conducted workshops for N.C Writers Network, N. C. Poetry Society, Elderhostel, Writers’ Group of the Triad, Adventures in Learning and Randleman Public Library. Currently Sandra, dressed as an early 18th century Quaker, enjoys telling the history of Randolph County Quakers and the tragic tale of Naomi Wise to museums, libraries, book stores, writers’ clubs, book clubs and organizations. If interested, contact her by email or phone 336 282-9088. Click here to view a study guide.

In addition to writing and teaching, Sandra loves storytelling, walking in the woods with husband Joe and visiting her children and grandchildren. She also searches for four-leaf clovers which she frames to give to friends needing good luck.

Sandra at Naomi Wise's grave marker at
Providence Friends Meeting near Randleman, NC


Sandra Redding


Sandra dressed as an early 18th century Quaker, enjoys telling the history of Randolph County Quakers and the tragic tale of Naomi Wise.


“Sandra Redding writes about ordinary people in an extraordinary way.  With a narrative lilt reminiscent of Eudora Welty, she employs a delicate but sharp prose, and also like Welty, she shares with readers the darkest sorrows and deepest desires of her characters, making us privy to their secrets.  With a keen ear for dialogue and a meticulous eye for detail, Redding continues to paint our crazy Southern landscape with a fine brush.”

Kathryn Etters Lovatt, Artist Fellowship 2013 Prose Winner, SC Arts Commission


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