Past Mentoring • Teaching

In the summer of 2018, Sandra Ridley was the poetry instructor at the Sage Hill Writing Experience. She has also taught poetry at Carleton University and has been a writing mentor through Ottawa’s Supportive Housing and Mental Health Services, “Footprints to Recovery” program for people living with mental illness • She has facilitated workshops for the City of Ottawa, Ottawa Public Library, the Tree Reading Series, Calgary’s WordFest, and has contributed to the BC Learning Networks online program for Writers’ Craft • Sandra has also been an invited speaker to creative writing classes at the University of Ottawa, Carleton, and was a participant in the University of Toronto’s “Influency Salon” •


Community Involvement

Jury chair for the League of Canadian Poet’s Gerald Lampert Memorial Award • Juror for the Ontario Arts Council’s granting programs for Literary Organizations and for Periodicals • Judge for Carleton University’s Lillian I. Founder and George Johnston Prizes • Judge for Tree Press’s Chapbook Contest • Co-judge for the bpNichol Award • Judge for Arc Magazine’s Diana Brebner Prize • Judge for the Alfred G. Bailey Prize for Poetry, Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick • Juror for the City of Ottawa’s Literary Organizations grant program • Inductee co-nominator for VerseOttawa’s Hall of Honour • Panel host for the Ottawa International Writers Festival • Associate editor and contests chair for Arc Magazine • Writer-in residence for Open Book Toronto •



Sandra Ridley is an award-winning writer of four books of poetry: Fallout, Post-Apothecary, The Counting House, and Silvijaa finalist for the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize. She was nominated for the KM Hunter Artist Award for Mid-Career Writer in 2015. She has taught poetry at the Sage Hill Writing Experience and Carleton University, and has also been a mentor through Ottawa’s Supportive Housing and Mental Health Services “Footprints to Recovery” program for people living with mental illness. Sandra facilitates poetry workshops and continues to give guidance to writers on a one-on-one basis. She offers comprehensive editing and mentoring services through the Poetry Lab.

Sandra grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan and lives in Ottawa • She completed a Master's Degree at York University's Environmental Studies with a specialization in philosophy and environmental thought •