Sandy Longhorn, MFA

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing

slonghorn@uca.edu

Thompson Hall 306

(501) 450-5108

Degree:

MFA, Creative Writing, University of Arkansas

B.A., College of St. Benedict

Teaching Specialties:

Creative Writing – introduction to prose and poetry, advanced courses in poetry, place-based poetry, persona poetry, and gender issues in contemporary poetry

Biography:

Sandy Longhorn grew up in the upper Midwest. She graduated summa cum laude with divisional honors from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN, where she studied English and Creative Writing. After college, she moved around the country, working in bookstores and for small, independent publishers. Eventually, she returned to graduate school and earned an MFA in poetry at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

After earning her advanced degree, Longhorn worked briefly as a composition instructor at the University of Arkansas Monticello before spending ten years teaching composition at Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock, AR. During her time at PTC, she published her first three books. Blood Almanac, a collection of poems based on Longhorn’s MFA thesis, won the 2005 Anhinga Prize for Poetry (Anhinga Press 2006). Longhorn’s second collection, The Girlhood Book of Prairie Myths, won the 2013 Jacar Press Full Length Book contest (Jacar 2013). The Alchemy of My Mortal Form won the 2014 Louise Bogan Award (Trio House Press 2015). In the fall of 2015, Longhorn joined the faculty at UCA.

When not teaching or writing, Longhorn also co-edits the online journal, Heron Tree, as well as serving as a reader for the online journal, One, and for Trio House Press. She writes about what it means to be a teaching-poet on her blog, Myself the only Kangaroo among the Beauty.