Sandra Storey’s first full-length poetry collection, Every State Has Its Own Light, was published by Word Poetry imprint of WordTech Communications in November, 2014. The collection was a finalist for the May Swenson Award.
Storey wrote poetry from 1980 to 1988, then resumed in 2005 and continues to do so. Her poems have been published in various literary magazines, including the New York Quarterly, Friction (UK), THEMA, The Aurorean and New Millennium Writings. She has been a member of the weekly collaborative workshop Jamaica Pond Poets since 2005.
Storey, who is also known as Sandee Storey, is involved in the poetry community, promoting poetry to the general public. She has been the publicity coordinator for the Chapter and Verse literary reading series sponsored by Jamaica Pond Poets, 2012 to present. She also does publicity for some other local poetry related events in the area.
She managed “Tap the Cypher with the Jamaica Pond Poets,” a participatory workshop at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, April, 2012 and Word on the Street monthly poetry reading series, part of the First Thursday art program on local Main Streets, summers 2007-2009.
She organized a poetry reading at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library with the Jamaica Pond Poets in 2008 and persuaded an English for Speakers of Other Languages class to come and present a poem their teacher helped them create.
Storey was interviewed and read two of her poems on WERS radio on the topic of being a poet in an urban environment. Robert Pinsky was also among the poets featured in July, 2013.
A resident of the Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain since 1973, Sandee was named “2014 Community Champion” by ESAC, a nearly 50-year-old human service agency, and she was the focus of a fund-raising celebration. She has worked and been active in her community for years and has been recognized for her service. She was the elected the first chairperson of the first Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council in 1985.
She has been on the board of directors of the JP Business and Professional Association for more than 10 years. She is on the advisory council for the Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts.
Storey spent her teenage years in Miamisburg, Ohio in the southwest part of the state having fun with her two brothers and sister, all of whom now happen to live in central Texas. Before that she lived in Kansas, Missouri and Alabama.
Her daughter, who was born and raised in Boston, now lives in San Francisco with her husband and two young children and works in administration for a law firm.
Storey began the Jamaica Plain and Mission Hill Gazettes in the early 1990s and acted as publisher and editor of the free tabloid newspaper for the next 20 years. She oversaw a staff of 10 and several contractors in producing the newspaper. They were two of the first and are still two of the few newspapers to have Spanish content in it in addition to English. She is now a columnist for the Jamaica Plain Gazette.
Storey taught journalism at RoxburyCommunity College in 2008 and was co-advisor of its student newspaper. Prior to getting her first journalism job in 1986, she taught adult basic education, especially English as a Second Language (as it was called then) in a variety of places and later held some administrative assistant jobs.
English as a Second Language was what she taught as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand, 1968-1971, first in a high school and then at a science university. She taught part-time for a year in Indonesia after that. She was trained as a secondary English teacher at HanoverCollege in Indiana, from which she graduated in 1968.
During the 1980s, she co-wrote, with fellow Jamaica Plain resident Georgia Mattison, the non-fiction book Women in Citizen Advocacy: Stories of 28 Shapers of Public Policy, published by McFarland & Co., Inc. in 1992.
She has written and published more than 1,000 columns, editorials and articles and editing and overseeing production of more than 500 publications.
Storey has been asked to speak at community events and to give workshops on how artists and nonprofits can work with media from time to time. She is a three-time keynote speaker at the JP Centre/South Streets annual meeting. She has also been asked to speak at fund-raisers for local nonprofits.
Finalist, 2012 Chautauqua literary journal (Dept. of Creative Writing, University of North Carolina at Wilmington) Poetry Contest for a poem, “Emergency.”
Mayor’s Poetry and Prose Program. Poems “Portrait” and “Address” selected to be posted in Boston City Hall Elevator lobbies, Jan.-March, 2008 and again in 2010.
Poem “Postcard from the Taxi” chosen to be paired with visual art in City Hall gallery exhibit, 2010.
Top Finalist, Poetry Daily/Virginia Arts of the Book Poetry Contest, for “Blend,” 2008.
Honorable Mention, New Millennium Writings Poetry Contest, 2007.
Poetry Readings and Related Activities
For the Jamaica Pond Vernal Equinox Celebration in 2014, Storey walked around Jamaica Pond with a naturalist, an actor and a philosopher, stopping at various locations for me to read poetry, and other activities with a group of about 40 members of the public in attendance, sponsored by the Friends of Jamaica Pond.
Since 2005 She has read at Rozzie Reads Poetry, Friends of the Roslindale Branch of the BPL; Poetry in the Chapel series, Forest Hills Cemetery, Feb., 2005-2010, 2012; Winter Solstice Group Reading, Friends of Jamaica Pond two years; Boston Poetry Festival, Boston Public Library, April 2008-2011; Calliope series at W. Falmouth Library, W. Falmouth, Mass.; Chapter and Verse literary reading series, Jamaica Plain: three times; Word on the Street reading series, part of First Thursdays arts nights in Jamaica Plain, featured poet; Host of series, 2007-2009; Birds and Bards Festival, Forest Hills Cemetery; Hispanic Writers Week, sponsored by the Joiner Center at UMass Boston. One of a few non-Latino poets invited to read, April, 2007 and 2008; Poetry Series at Emack and Bolio’s, Roslindale, twice; One People, a fund-raiser for Katrina relief at Old South Church, Boston. One of 40+ Boston-area poets invited to read; Borders, downtown Boston: Tapestry of Voices poetry series.
For a complete, detailed resume, and/or a complete list of publishing credits, contact her at email@example.com.