Since earning her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of NC-Greensboro, Sandra Redding has published four books: Greensboro: Portrait of Progress;
Winston-Salem: Bright Star of the Future; Greensboro & Me: Dancing through the Decades and Naomi Wise: A Cautionary Tale. Additionally she has over 60 short stories, more than 50 poems, and hundreds of book reviews and feature articles in print. Currently, she writes a monthly column featuring Senior Citizens for Greensboro’s News & Record and teaches writing classes.
In addition to her newspaper column, Sandra’s recent publications include short stories in the following anthologies and literary reviews: “Touching Stars” in The Petigru Review (story nominated for a Pushcart Prize), “Heaven: A CowpokeNamed John” in Imagining Heaven, “Snow King,” in You Must Remember This: A Collection of Memoir Writing, “Lucky Amber” in Doorway to Adventure: Tales of Imagination, “My Knight Wears a Tar Heels Ball Cap,” in Falling in Love With You, and “Finding Sisters,” in moonshine Review. Recent poetry publications include “Naomi Wise,” Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont and “Walk Through Battleground,” in Fire and Chocolate.
Many earlier publications contain Sandra’s writing, including newspapers: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Hamburger Square Post; magazines, Our State and Elegant Bride; Anthologies, When I am an Old Woman, If I Had my Life to Live Over, Cities and Roads, O. Henry Festival Stories, and Weymouth.
Sandra has taught writing courses at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, High Point University, Guilford Community College, Alamance Community College and conducted writing workshops for the North Carolina Writers Network, Elderhostel, Writers’ Group of the Triad and the North Carolina Poetry Society. Currently, she leads workshops for Shepherd’s Center of Greensboro and facilitates the Benjamin Library Writing Group.
Her life-long writing goal has been to write a book based on the life of Naomi Wise, the legendary woman who lived in Randleman, the small Randolph County town where the author grew up. From childhood, Sandra has been intrigued by tales of Naomi’s murder by the man who promised to marry her. Her novel debuted in June 2013.
In addition to writing, the author enjoys mentoring other writers, storytelling, reading, walking in the woods with husband Joe and visiting her children and grandchildren. She also searches for four-leaf clovers, which she frames and gives to friends and family members needing a bit of good luck.