Saturday, February 17, 2001

Sandra Scofield

SANDRA SCOFIELD is the author of seven novels, the first published in 1989. Beyond Deserving was a 1991 Finalist for the National Book Award and a winner of the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. A Chance to See Egypt won the Texas Institute of Letters 1997 Fiction Award. Three of her books were finalists for Oregon Book Awards. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Oregon Institute of Letters, and the Oregon Arts Commission.

Sandra is a graduate of the University of Texas and the University of Oregon, and earned a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction in 1979, with particular interest in language arts scholarship. She was on the faculty of Southern Oregon State College (now Southern Oregon University) and has extensive experience as an educational planner, working with the Northwest Educational Laboratory, the Montana Department of Public Instruction, the Portland, Oregon public schools, the Alaska school districts of Tok and McGrath; and Southern Oregon State College, where she chaired the committee to develop their special education program.

In addition to writing fiction, Sandra is a regular book reviewer for national newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune, the Oregonian, Dallas Morning News, and Newsday, and also contributes to the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Boston Globe.

She is currently working on Occasions Of Sin, a memoir-based fictional a memoir-based fictional account of how a precocious Catholic girl of fifteen forms wrongheaded notions about love and sex by over-identifying with her dying mother.

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