Photo: Sandra Barnidge
A creative content writer
I work with nonprofits and higher-ed clients to translate research and strategic initiatives into compelling stories for the general public. I also write thoughtful bios of scientists, entrepreneurs, artists, and change-makers.
My creative work centers small towns, working-class women, and environmental themes. My debut novel is forthcoming from Belle Point Press (2025), and my short fiction has appeared in Barren, The Fiddlehead, Nimrod, Reservoir Road Literary Review, Allegory Ridge, and elsewhere. I write a column about nature and creativity for Reckon Review.
A little more: Originally from Wisconsin, I now live in the Deep South with two young daughters and a gorgeously unruly backyard. I hold an MA in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama, where I teach in the journalism department in addition to freelancing.
Hollow Eggs // Reservoir Road Literary Review
Ellaria Jane Peterson Is Going To Die // Barren Magazine
Mullenville, Population 82 // Allegory Ridge
The Waubeen Annual Kanaranzi Kimball Day // Nimrod International Journal
The Matilda Effect // On Wisconsin Magazine
Madcap Writer Makes History in a Model T // On Wisconsin Magazine
The 1920s women who fought for the right to travel under their own names // Atlas Obscura
The best new fiction about climate change // Shepherd
Review: Chase Burke’s LECTURE // Black Warrior Review
“Sandra understands and excels at all aspects of editorial content, from planning to content creation to analytics to distribution. She stays informed about the issues within our field and beyond, and that knowledge allows her to advise on both specific details and the big picture. She is incredibly bright and insightful.”— Cindy Foss, retired editor of On Wisconsin Magazine
I approach client content with the same dedication and care I puts into my own creative work. I’m down-to-earth, adaptable, and reliable — and I understand that your voice is what matters most. Have a project you’d like to discuss? Contact me below.
one last thing …
In 2023, my tech-whiz little brother and I launched a fledgling eco arts initiative called Tiny Goat. So far, we’ve started an online bookshop dedicated to “cli fi” and environmental nonfiction, along with a Substack about how creatives are doing their part to combat climate change. Eventually, we’ll scale up to host digital galleries, events, and other offerings. I invite you to subscribe and follow along as we embark on this new creative adventure together.