Sandra Ridley has received the bpNichol Chapbook Award, the Alfred G. Bailey Prize, and was a finalist for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Her first book of poetry, Fallout (Hagios Press), won the 2010 Saskatchewan Book Award for Publishing and a selection from it was produced and broadcast by CBC Radio. In fall 2011, she launches her second collection of poetry, Post-Apothecary, with Pedlar Press.
Sandra Ridley’s long poetic sequences document the isolating effects of institutional incarceration with an unflinching vocabulary of treatment and “cure.” Lines and figures here move with a scalpeled exactness. Moments of lucidity, self-rescue in the form of a “blanched calm,” come to the reader as a benison.
— Elizabeth Philips