Sandra Jeffs is an imagistic poet and a novelist with an MFA in Creative Writing.
Sandra was ten years old when she wrote her first story and “published” it to her friends by copying it out on notebook paper and stapling the sides together. She knew she had something she wanted to say and it has been a burning desire for her all her life.
When she got her BA in English Literature she took as many creative writing classes as possible and was asked to join the creative writing graduate program at the University of Oregon. She earned her MFA in Creative writing in June 1986. She was required to write a book for her thesis and she chose poetry. That book is called Beyond the Seventh Day.
She went on to become a teacher and to travel the world visiting 35 different countries and living and working for 5 ½ years in Tokyo and 7 ½ years in Dubai. She finished up her teaching career as an instructor at the University of Oregon and is now retired. She has an additional book of poetry in the works that showcases her world travels and her deep spirituality.
Sandra is a two time cancer survivor, and has overcome her alcohol addiction and been sober for 39+ years. She dealt with her husband’s intense alcohol and drug addiction and his subsequent suicide. Also, she has dealt with her second son’s severe drug addiction. Sandra was raised in a poor family with 5 brothers and two step brothers. She raised two sons while working full-time and attending university where she earned a Bachelor’s, a Master’s, and a teaching degree. She received no financial help from family at all for her education.
Sandra has a novel in the works called The Envoy which is about a woman who has a spiritual transformation and can heal others and the woman brings a message of peace and becoming more evolved human beings.
Her poetry book called Finding Home deals with her abusive life experiences and calls for healing and finding one’s whole and best self. She wishes to start a campaign for a kinder and more supportive society that sees verbal abuse as damaging a person’s soul and, thereby,such a wounded a person allows abuse into their lives or they can become abusive themselves .
Sandra Jeffs’ challenge:
Being our best and kindest self can make a difference in our own lives, and is probable that it will inspire others to do the same.