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Sandra Berris was co-founder of Whetstone in 1982, which she edited until 2000. The Literary Magazine garnered numerous Illinois Arts Council/NEA annual literary awards and a 1995 American Literary Magazine Award for editorial excellence.

Her poems have appeared in many little magazines including The Midwest Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Rhino, Thema, Trajectory and Willow Review. She was a recipient of Prairie Schooner’s Hugh J. Luke Poetry Prize, and her poem “Clock Shoe” was included in the anthology Best of Prairie Schooner (University of Nebraska Press, 2001) and reprinted in Chicken Soup for the Soul:Family Caregivers.

Other recognition includes: finalist for the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize 1996, finalist for Inkwell’s Poetry Competition 2001, Honorable Mention for Nonfiction for New Millennium Writings Award XVIII, 2005, finalist for “The Look of Love” 2007 International Poetry Competition.

She holds a B.S. from the University of Nebraska and M.A. in Education from Stanford University.