Chivas Sandage's first book, Hidden Drive (Antrim House, 2012), was a finalist for the 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards in poetry and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her essays and poems have appeared in the Artful Dodge, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Drunken Boat, Equality Texas, Evergreen Review, Hampshire Life Magazine, Hartford Courant, Knockout Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Naugatuck River Review, The New Civil Rights Movement, The Rumpus, SmokeLong Quarterly, Southern Women’s Review, Upstreet, Verse, Manthology: Poems on the Male Experience (Univ. of Iowa Press, ‘06), Morning Song: Poems for New Parents (St. Martin’s Press, ’11), Paradise Found: A Walking Tour of Northampton, Massachusetts through Poetry and Art (Levellers Press, ’14), and Same-Sex Marriage: The Moral and Legal Debate (Prometheus Books, ‘04). Two of her poems received national awards in the 2014 Provincetown Outermost Poetry Contest judged by Marge Piercy.
She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BA from Bennington College. Currently, she is at work on Salt Wind Redemption: Love & Murder in South Texas, a narrative nonfiction book about the 2012 double shooting of Kristene Chapa and Mollie Olgin, a young lesbian couple who were attacked while on a date in Portland, Texas. A writing consultant and editor, Chivas also teaches writing workshops in Connecticut and Massachusetts. She lives with her wife on the Farmington River in Collinsville, Connecticut and has begun flying home frequently to Texas’ Gulf Coast.
Awards and Recognition
- Hidden Drive (Antrim, 2012): Finalist for the 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards in Poetry (https://botya.forewordreviews.com/finalists/2012/poetry)
Press and Media Mentions
- MSNBC “Originals” documentary about Kristene Chapa, who survived the 2012 double shooting that killed her girlfriend, Mollie Olgin. Chivas Sandage speaks about the book she is writing with and for Kristene, and evidence that suggests the attack was a hate crime.
- “I Take Bullets:” Lesbian Badass Mary Kristene Chapa’s Vibrant Life After 2012 Shooting (appeared in Autostraddle, 2015)