Frogs Don’t Sing Red

Frogs Don’t Sing Red

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Sandi Stromberg lives in Houston, Texas, after spending more than 20 years in Europe as a freelance writer, contributing editor, translator, and columnist. During that time, she published travel pieces, human interest stories, the ups and downs of raising and moving a family from country to country, and she reported on advances in the construction and crane industries from Finland to Italy. She remains an ardent lover of art, music, food, travel, and languages.

On arrival in Houston, she worked at the Jung Center, then was executive director of Brigid’s Place, developing programming around feminine creativity and the feminine divine. From there, she returned to her love of writing. As an award-winning magazine feature writer and editor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, she edited and wrote for the institution’s high-profile magazine, Conquest and its Annual Report. For four years in a row, 2010–2013, she was named Public Relations Communicator of the Year in the Lone Star Awards.

She came to poetry originally as a translator, Dutch to English, while living in the Netherlands and only began writing her own poems after moving to Houston. Since then, she has received several awards, been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize, twice for Best of the Net, been a juried poet in the Houston Poetry Fest eleven times, and received a Fantastic Ekphrastic Award from The Ekphrastic Review—whose editorial staff she has recently joined.

She served as guest editor of Untameable City: Poems on the Nature of Houston and co-edited Echoes of the Cordillera, ekphrastic poems in response to the photography of Jim Bones.

Her work has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies (see Acknowledgments). Additional information is available at:

She has been a member of The Authors Guild for thirty-three years. For ten years, she served on the board of Mutabilis Press, a poetry press dedicated to publishing poets living in Texas and the surrounding states. For twenty years, she facilitated popular writing classes, “Writing a Woman’s Life,” at the Jung Center in Houston, at Brigid’s Place, and at the International Women’s Writing Guild (IWWG) Summer Conference in Saratoga Springs, New York. She also led journaling classes for patients and nurses at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

She has two sons, two daughters-in-law, and two grandsons. One threesome lives in France and the other in Singapore. Her beloved husband, Bill Turner, died in 2021. His presence nourished her poetry for 25 precious years.

Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Kelsay Books (April 27, 2023)