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Sandra Proto is a literary, performance, interdisciplinary, and teaching artist. She has self-published five books of poetry and her poems have been published in numerous literary journals in print and online. Sandra has been a featured reader at several poetry events hosted by art exhibits, libraries, historical museums, and cafés. She has performed and recorded her poetry with musical bands for live performances and CDs. Also, Sandra’s poems and broadsides have been displayed in art exhibits as well as at the Lewis Latimer House Museum. Through her company Girls Read to Write, an educational LLC established in 2015, Sandra has taught young ladies ages 8 through 13 years old creative writing. Sandra earned her BS in Theatre at SUNY College at Brockport and lives in Long Island with her husband and two daughters. 


Artist Statement


Being dark-skinned with very thick eyeglasses as a child, I was teased. I was not teased the way our children are today teased to the point of extreme bullying, but I did develop low self-esteem. I, in turn, wrote a poem called “Blackberry Beauty” when I was twelve years old. At twelve, I was looking for my voice and I found out that I could find it by linking words together to create poetry. As I continue my literary journey through poetry, which has been forty-plus years, I realize that not only can I find my voice, but I can help other people find theirs with my personal retelling of my stories and observations. What I learned from writing poetry is that it is accessible and a way to broaden communication lines.


Photo by Paula Curci





Henry Waldinger Memorial Library-Reading & Workshop

 Address: 60 Verona Place; Valley Stream, NY 11580

Date  and  Time of Event:  May 7, 2024 6:30pm-7:30pm

Please join me for an hour-long poetry reading and workshop.

You will get to hear some of my poetry and write your own Haiku/Senryu.



6th Annual Cultural Empowerment Event

@ Boys & Girls Club-Bellport

Date of Event: March 2, 2024

Time of Event: 4:30 pm-7:30 pm

-performing with The Common Thread featuring  Sarah Bullock,

Linda Dickman, Poet Laureate of Suffolk County Deborah Hauser,

Janice Kerr, and Melissa Longo



December 2, 2023

Guest on the Black Book Weekend Radio Show


More Information (Click Here)


October 15, 2023


A Festival of Spoken and Written Word


Schoolhouse Green

65 Foxhurst Road

Oceanside, NY  11572

Location: Girl Scout Area


Workshop Facilitator:


Girls Talk: Where Have I Been and Where Am I Going? An Ekphrastic Interview


Come by my table for an immersive ekphrastic experience.

Time: 10:30 am-2:30 pm

and come back to share!

Meet Up to share:  3 pm


Afternoon Poetry Reading

Book Talk at the Julia Butterfield Library 

10 Morris Ave.

Cold Spring, NY 10516


(845) 265-3040

Contact Me

To book Sandra Proto or learn more about booking her for readings, book signings, or interiverws (live/Skype/radio), please  fill  in the Contact Form


If you would like to review one of Sandra Proto's books, an ARC or Reviewer's Copy in PDF, Word, or Print form can be requested by filling out the Contact Form. 


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