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I have been dabbling in one art form or another since my preschool days, when I was exposed to still life drawing with pastels. Making art has been my constant companion on this trek. I’ve done ceramic sculpture, painted in oils, had a silversmithing/jewelry-making business, and most recently, focused on acrylic painting and collage. Aside from miscellaneous workshops and a stint at New York’s Art Student’s League, I am mostly self-taught. I love to follow my bliss with found and recycled materials and diverse subject matter. I delight in juxtaposing small objects and photographs on a canvas or in 3-D. I also enjoy creating poetry collages, which incorporate my original writing.


I am a San Francisco Bay Area poet and as well as an artist. My work has been published in many journals, including Unbroken, Rattle, The MacGuffin, The New Verse News, and Spillway. My chapbook, Looking Glass Heart, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2016. Road Worrier: Poems of the Inner and Outer Landscape (Finishing Line Press, 2018) was a Lorien Prize finalist. My full-length poetry collection, Xylem Highway, was published in 2019 by Main Street Rag.  My latest chapbook, Finishing School, was published in  January, 2023 by Kelsay Books. I have been nominated for a Best Short Fictions award, Best of the Net, and a Pushcart Prize. I am the founder and host of the monthly series, Rivertown Poets, and a California Poet/Teacher in the Schools. Read more on my poetry page.

In the Spring of 2022, Rivertown Poets began hosting a Sunday afternoon radio show on KPCA.FM, local radio in Petaluma, CA. The show can be listened to live at KPCA.FM. Check out our new YouTube channel at

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Sande Anfang

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