I’m a freelance writer with ten years of experience in non-profit PR. My work has been published in/on Atlas Obscura, On Wisconsin Magazine, Psychopomp Magazine,BRAVA Magazine, Discovery, and several trade and corporate outlets.
I’m originally from Wisconsin, and I now live in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, after spending some time in Europe. I have a special interest in stories about historical women, folk traditions, artists with a mission, off-beat entrepreneurs, and green tech.
I also blog about my new life in the Deep South, and I’m at work on a novel about sports, religion, and turtle soup.
I’d love to write for you. Leave a message below or get in touch on Twitter: @sandyknisely. By the way, here’s my resume.
Keeping Women in the Know On Wisconsin, Winter 2015
Journalists often get the credit for shining light into the dark corners of government. But Laura Neuman has a better idea: empower citizens to demand transparency from their elected officials. She’s worked in nearly forty countries, mostly in the developing world, to advance laws designed to reduce corruption and promote human rights. *
Rethinking Disaster Management Wisconsin Week, April 2008
How we think about a disaster stems from the origin of the word itself: “Disastro” is the Latin word meaning “from the stars.” Yet the idea that a disaster is an uncontrollable, divine event is something Don Schramm does not accept. * Engineers Without Borders Wins United Nations Award
UW-Madison News, November 2009
For much of the year, the Saint-Cyr River in northern Haiti is a docile trickle 1 foot deep. However, when the late spring rains bear down on the Saint-Cyr, the river swells in some points to be more than 30 feet across and 10 feet deep. This volatility left a sinking feeling in a group of engineers when they realized the extent of the flooding during a trip to Haiti in June. *
New Water-Quality Projects in Kenya
UW-Madison News, September 2008
A warm glass of brackish water isn’t much relief after spending a day in the sun tilling your small farm by hand and guarding your crops from animals or thieves. Unfortunately for residents of the small Kenyan agricultural community of Orongo, the alternative to drinking the salty — but safe — water from distant boreholes (shafts dug deep into the water table) is drinking water from backyard wells contaminated by nearby pit latrines. * Global Laptop Program Comes Home
UW College of Engineering, August 2008 In a snug two-bedroom apartment on Madison’s south side, Silas Bernardoni plugs in green and white laptops, charging them for class. The calm breaks when the doorbell rings and six children ranging from 6 to 10 years old tumble into the apartment, which has been converted into the Southdale Kids Club Day Camp. The students are here for a weekly session of the pilot program to introduce underrepresented minority children to the world of computers.