Sandra Rivers-Gill is a poet, author, freelance writer, performer and playwright living in Toledo, Ohio. She has been a featured poet around Toledo and in Dayton, Ohio. Her poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming in 2018 SHE CHRONICLES, Common Threads, Toledo Streets Newspaper, Flights Literary Magazine, The Kerf, UChange and Sketchpad. She is a recipient of a Toledo Arts Commission’s Accelerated Grant funding to produce a poetry chapbook anthology featuring the poetry of residents of Naomi Inc., a non-profit treatment facility for women in recovery; where she also serves as poetry instructor. Additionally, Sandra has received numerous awards such as; 2018 Lourdes University Poetry Jam; 2010, 2014, and 2017 from the Toledo Museum of Art Ekphrastic Writing Competition; the 2017 Ode to the Zip Code; the 2015 Promedica Revealing Hunger Spoken Word and the Toledo Poetry Sidewalks Project Competitions. She served as the 2016 Literary Chair of the PRIZM Creative Community Art-A-Fair Exhibition and has conducted several poetry workshops for local nursing home residents. She currently serves as poetry instructor for Naomi Inc., a non-profit treatment facility for women in recovery. Sandra received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the University of Toledo and currently compiling several volumes of poetry.