Sands Hall Longer Bio

SANDS HALL’s Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology (Counterpoint; formerly known as FLUNK. START.), was named one of the top ten books in religion and spirituality by Publishers Weekly, and was a Finalist for the Northern California Book Awards in Creative Nonfiction. Sands’s other books include the novel Catching Heaven (Ballantine, which won a WILLA Award, Woman Writing the West; and is a Random House Reader’s Circle Selection; and a volume of writing essays and exercises, Tools of the Writer’s Craft. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in such places as New England Review, Iowa Review, and Mill Valley Literary Review. A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, she holds a second MFA in Theatre Arts; her experience as director, actor, and playwright gives her a unique perspective on the writing process. Professor Emeritus at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she is also the Founding Editor of the F&M Alumni Arts Review. Sands teaches annually for the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. Her work with the University of California Davis Extension Programs earned her an Excellence in Teaching and Outstanding Service Award. An Affiliate Artist with The Foothill Theater Company, in Nevada City, California, she has acted and/or directed for the Oregon, Colorado, and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festivals, among other regional theaters. Her produced plays include an adaptation of Alcott’s Little Women, and the comic-drama Fair Use. Sands is also a singer/songwriter; her recent CD is called Rustler’s Moon.