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Sandra Vrana, the daughter of a coal miner, was born and raised in a coal-mining community of western Pennsylvania. She completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania while she also served as graduate assistant to Dr. James Cahalan and to the then-Provost, Dr. Hilda Richards. She earned her doctoral degree in Literature and Cultural Criticism, also from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, in 1995, serving as Associate Instructor of English while completing her course work. She has been teaching at Alderson-Broaddus College since 1993, and became Professor of English in 2008.
Dr. Vrana has been a member of Barbour County Writers since 1992, and she served as editor of Grab-A-Nickel, a literary publication co-sponsored by Alderson-Broaddus College and Barbour County Writers, from 1995 – 2005. She has also been a member of West Virginia Writers, Inc., and she won prizes for poetry, short fiction, and a children’s story in the group’s annual writing competition. Her children’s story, “What Happens to the Light?” is published in West Virginia’s Writers publication of select prize winners, Seeking the Swan: 1996-2006, published in 2008. Her poetry also appears in Wild Sweet Notes: Fifty Years of West Virginia Poetry from 1950 – 1999.
Her courses include: English 190 College Composition; EN 200 Advanced Composition; EN 220 Appalachian Literature; EN 230 Creative Writing; EN 282 Forms of Literature: Nonfiction Prose; EN 283 Forms of Literature: Fiction; EN 284 Forms of Literature: Poetry; EN 285 Mythology and Folklore; EN 350 Early American Literature; EN355 American Literature after 1865.