Sandra Rivers-Gill is a poet, performer and playwright in Toledo, Ohio. She has been a featured poet around Toledo and in Dayton, Ohio. Her poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming in Ripcord Magazine, 2018 SHE CHRONICLES, Common Threads, Toledo Streets Newspaper, Flights Literary Magazine and The Kerf. Additionally, Sandra is a recipient of numerous awards such as; the Lourdes University Poetry Jam (2018); the Toledo Museum of Art Ekphrastic Writing Competition (2010, 2014, and 2017) ; Ode to the Zip Code (2017); Promedica Revealing Hunger Spoken Word (2015) and the Toledo Poetry Sidewalks Project (2015) competitions. She had served as a Literary Chair and No Mic Night Facilitator for PRIZM Creative Community and has conducted several poetry workshops for local nursing homes. Sandra is a recipient of a Toledo Arts Commission Accelerated Grant for which she has produced a poetry chapbook anthology, “Dopeless Hope Fiends”, written by former graduates of Naomi Inc.. Naomi is a non-profit recovery treatment facility where she also serves as poetry instructor and board member. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the University of Toledo, where her previous work experience was in cultural competence, harassment issues and programming. Sandra is currently compiling several volumes of poetry.