Where are they now?

We have a policy in our Slow Sand Writers Society. Once a Sander, always a Sander. Below are a few of our former members. For a complete list of Slow Sanders through the years, go here.


Leslie Patterson writes on her blog: “Why Francophiliac? It’s not just coincidence that the name suggests poking through graveyards at night. This blog is devoted to exploring my passion for a bygone Paris–Paris of the Second Empire, the Commune, and the Third Republic. Over the past several years, I’ve written a number of stories about the art world of the 19th century, with a particular emphasis on the painters Manet, Morisot, and Degas. I am now working on a novel that follows a woman from the laundries and working class bars of Paris into the ateliers of the Impressionists.”



Laura Resau With a background in cultural anthropology and ESL-teaching, Laura Resau has lived and traveled in Latin America and Europe – experiences that inspired her books for young people. Her latest novel, The Queen of Water (cowritten with María Virginia Farinango) was praised as “riveting tale… by turns heartbreaking, infuriating and ultimately inspiring ” in a starred review by Kirkus. Her previous novels – Star in the Forest, The Ruby Notebook, The Indigo Notebook, Red Glass, and What the Moon Saw – have garnered many starred reviews and awards, including the IRA YA Fiction Award, the Américas Award, and a spot on Oprah’s Kids’ Book List. Acclaimed for its sensitive treatment of immigration issues, Resau’s writing has been called “vibrant, large-hearted” (Publishers’ Weekly) and “powerful, magical” (Booklist). Resau lives with her husband and young son in Colorado. She donates a portion of her royalties to indigenous rights organizations in Latin America.


Laura Pritchett is the author/editor of five books. Her fiction includes the novel Sky Bridge, which won the WILLA Fiction award and the short story collection Hell’s Bottom, Colorado, which won the Milkweed National Fiction Prize and the PEN USA Award. She is also the editor/co-editor of three anthologies: The Pulse of the River, Homeland: Ranching and a West that Works, and Going Green: True Tales from Gleaners, Scavengers, and Dumpster Divers. Laura has published over a hundred essays and short stories in numerous magazines, including The Sun, Orion, and High Country News.