Chivas Sandage

Chivas Sandage is an author, blogger, editor, writing coach, workshop facilitator, mom, and activist. At, she blogs about her life, feminism, LGBTQ issues, & more. At, she offers River Edge: for the Writer in You with free writing prompts, inspiration, & support a` la carte.

Chivas’ 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. She is a contributing writer for The New Civil Rights Movement and her work has appeared in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Hampshire Life MagazineThe Hartford Courant Ms. Magazine, Naugatuck River Review, Upstreet, Manthology: Poems on the Male Experience (Univ. of Iowa Press, ‘06), Morning Song: Poems for New Parents (St. Martin’s Press, ’11), and Same-Sex Marriage: The Moral and Legal Debate (Prometheus Books, ‘04), among others.

A southerner who misses home but wouldn't be considered married if she returned, Chivas lives with her wife and daughter in Connecticut.


 I'm going to BlogHer '12

Why I Can’t Say I’m An Ally to People of Color

As a white queer feminist anti-racist, I believe it’s not my place to state that I’m an ally to people of color. What I can say is that I strive to be an ally and it’s my job to keep learning what people of color consider an ally. The single most important way to learn this is to listen, and as a feminist, I am particularly committed to listening to women of color....more
Thank you for this! <3more

Crash Course: Holidays, Racism, and How to Apologize

A few thoughts and meditations on Halloween and various other holiday costumes and jokes that one might want to reconsider: Image Credit: Recoverlings, via Flickr 1) If I'm ignorant of the ways in which my action is stereotyping and/or mocking, I'm still stereotyping and/or mocking. 2) Describing myself as “ignorant” about something is not self-deprecating but a simple statement of fact—that I have something to learn;...more
I appreciate your comment and thanks for reading some of my other work here and elsewhere!more

Hungry for Art: 3 Writing Prompts

I was hungry for painting—for thick, textural layers of color—and so I invited the American artist Elisabeth Moss to visit one of my writing workshops with some of her recent work. She brought five works-in-progress and displayed them throughout the space. As participants arrived, they each had the opportunity to approach the paintings, speak with the artist, then reapproach the works. When the session began, Elisabeth briefly spoke about her process and told us the working title for each painting....more

Dealing With Adult Bullies

As I walked along the narrow, tree-lined, lovely-even-if-in-disrepair road that leads to our little house in our own particular corner of a town I’ll call Paradise, I saw the bully next door approaching me. He isn’t a scowling little boy or even teenager, but the scowling grown man who rents the house and barn next door. “Scowling Bob” rode slowly toward me on his red motorcycle....more
Thank you for taking the time to think and write about this issue. I’m so very sorry to hear ...more