Sandee Gertz began at Cumberland University as an adjunct instructor of English in the Fall of 2016, and recently completed her first full-time year on campus. She teaches English 101, 102,
Intro to Literature, and Creative Writing courses with an emphasis on Poetry. Ms. Gertz is an award-winning poet and has been a writer publishing essays, articles, poems, and creative work for over twenty years. She is the author of a full-length poetry collection, The Pattern Maker’s Daughter, published by Bottom Dog Press in 2012. This book has been used in a variety of courses in universities in Pennsylvania, including Carnegie-Mellon University, The University of Pittsburgh, and Washington & Jefferson College where she was also a guest lecturer. She was a 2000 recipient of a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Grant Fellowship for Poetry and the winner of the Sandburg-Livesay Award, as well as a Pushcart Prize nominee. She received her M.A. and M.F.A. from Wilkes University in 2012.
In addition to her writing career, Ms. Gertz spent eleven years as the founder and director of a non-profit arts center with a mission to ensure that all children and adults had full access to arts programming and creative expression, regardless of their ability to pay. She has presented on this award-winning center at the national level and has patented a grass-roots creative expression program entitled, “My Own Backyard.”
After moving to Nashville from Western Pennsylvania in 2013, she has embraced the south and is currently working on a new poetry manuscript which incorporates much Tennessee research and has completed a memoir, “Some Girls Have Auras of Bright Colors” for which she is seeking publishing. She is also working on a novel. She has a love and evident passion for writing and teaching, and is most excited to work with all CU students and to share this love of the English language. She is the host of a Poetry Radio Show, “Everyday Poetry,” which airs on Radio Free Nashville on Sunday mornings at 11:00, with live streaming.