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Chatham University

Creative Writing (MFA) Faculty and Staff

Sandra Sterner

Sandra Sterner

Senior Lecturer
Hometown : Washington DC
Joined Chatham : 1975

Academic Areas of Interest

Creative Writing, English, Film and Cultural Studies

Personal Areas of Interest

Wild Food and Mushroom hunting, knitting, quilting, gardening,cooking, living history reenactment, frontier history and revolutionary dress.


Sandy Sterner has planted organic gardens from Washington D.C to rural Pennsylvania and currently harvests her raspberries and grapes in Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. She can spin dog hair into mittens but hasn’t yet made much progress with oat straw. Maybe she’s entered the wrong fairy tale.


  • MFA, Carnegie Mellon University
  • BA, Dickinson College


  • Poetry: Mapquest (2005) Paterson Literary Review
  • Poetry: Duck and Cover (2005) Paterson Literary Review
  • Book: Time, Space, Light, Consciousness, (2004) Sterner, Sen, Parasher, Sarnir Foundation
  • Book: Field Notes From the Interior, (2004) Sterner, Sen, Parasher, Sarnir Foundation
  • Aritcle: The Ganges (2007) Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World
  • Article: Early Window on Parasher (2004) as Gwendolyn Jane McPherson
  • Article: Between Monongahela and Ganga (2004)
  • Aritcle: No Space is Empty (2002) Journal of South Asian Art as Gwendolyn Jane McPherson
  • Film and Media Texts: Yeh hi Hai: Hieroglyphics of Commodity (1998-2003)
  • Film and Media Texts: Terminal Time (2000)


  • Reader, Advanced Placement in English, Educational Testing Service


  • Choice Cuts, Slaughterhouse, Pittsburgh 2006
  • "Twisting the Deep Image: Transference as Mockery in the Poetry of Sylvia Plath." Pittsburgh Association for Psychoanalytic Thought, 2004
  • Choice Cuts, Slaughterhouse, Pittsburgh 2004
  • "Writing the Elegy for Survival: Kincaid's Autobiography of My Mother." International Women Writer's of Color Conference, 1999