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Sandra Kleven

3978 Defiance Street
Anchorage, Alaska, United States

Email: skleven@ak.net

Home page: http://www.heartworksak.net/poet.html

Author bio -- Sandra Klevenís poetry and other writing has appeared in Alaska
Quarterly Review, Oklahoma Review and Topic Magazine (NYC). She is the author
of two books, The Right Touch, a sexual abuse prevention story book, the countryís
bestselling prevention book for children and Holy Land, a collection based on her
work in rural Alaska. In 2006, Kleven received a Celebration Foundation grant for
creative work. Currently completing an MFA in Creative Writing in a low residency
program at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, Kleven was a 2009 recipient of an
UAA Graduate Student Research scholarship. Kleven lives in Anchorage with her
husband of 42 years. Sandra Kleven is also a clinical social worker, working with
families in remote Alaska villages -- often in the aftermath of suicide or the death of
young children. She writes: "I was a 'war baby' born to two Seattle teen-agers on
Valentine's Day. I was raised in that city of rain and impossible green. I wrote my
way through the angst of my teen years mostly documenting the faults of my
mother. Later, quelling thoughts of suicide, I made good time writing to boys back
east. I identified as a writer early and I wish there had been fewer voices saying no
one makes money as a writer. They are wrong but who knew? Unwilling to risk
jumping into writing fulltime, I trained as a social worker and currently work as a
clinician to troubled kids and their families. Much of my writing relates to my work
as a social worker. I authored The Right Touch, a sexual abuse prevention story
book that has won three national awards and appears to be the best selling book in
it's category. I won an EMMY for a screen play related to this work. Lately stories
about Alaska have been surfacing. The first piece - a poetic narrative and theatre
piece - won an honorable mention when performed in Valdez at the Edward Albee
Theatre Conference. Now, 6 years later,its been published in the Spring 2005 issue
of Alaska Quarterly Review. I am working on a novel, The Story Thief, and I have an
article about suicide in a remote village due out in the June 2005 issue of Topic
magazine."

Interests: "My life has drawn me to remote Alaska where things are different and remarkable. I made a home there and feel a certain acceptance as when I go to a remote village and a local says "Welcome back to your hometown." They know how to charm a girl.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes

 

Published works:

Poetry

  • "For Jon, Once My Brother"
  • Scripts

  • Holy Land
  • Children's Literature

  • The Right Touch