Sandra Turner-Barnes was born as Sandra J. Farmer, in Lawnside, New Jersey. She was educated in the City of Camden, New Jersey, and graduated with a degree in Business Management from Pierce College of Philadelphia. Sandra is primarily the published author of poetry, fiction and song lyrics, but also loves Jazz. Her first book of poetry, “Always A Lady”, originally self-published in 1986, was published for the third time in April of 1995, and to date, over 7,000 copies have been sold.
In 1996, Sandra won the EBONY MAGAZINE Literary Competition for Short Fiction, and in 1997, Sandra re-created the concept of “Jazz-Oetry” and began singing Jazz. In 2000, Sandra’s live jazz vocals’ video performance, with pianist Barry Sames, was selected for National & International airing on BET’s syndicated show, “Jazz Discoveries.”
Sandra Turner-Barnes is the former executive director of the Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission in New Jersey. She was awarded the Ebony Magazine Literary Award for Short Fiction for her short story, "Burnt Bacon," and is the author of Always a Lady. She lives in Lawnside, New Jersey. Bernard Collins Jr. is an illustrator whose work has been exhibited throughout the Mid-Atlantic area, as well as a talented poet. He lives in Philadelphia.
Known along the East Coast as “The Cadillac Lady” because of her original & amusing “Poem-Song” by that title, this gifted performer has been blessed with numerous other opportunities, to name just a few:
* Winner of the year 2000 Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Competition in Chicago; published in “WarpLand 2000” the Gwendolyn Brooks Anthology
* Opening act for International Author & Speaker, Iyanla Vanzant, at the African American Women’s Summit, sponsored by the Coalition of 100 Black Women of Newark, DE.
* Featured Poet and Performer for the Grand Opening of “The Treasures of The Langston Hughes House”, in Harlem;
* Winner of the 1995 EBONY MAGAZINE National Literary Award for Short Fiction, for her story, “Burnt Bacon.”
* Featured as one of the DIVA’s OF POETRY, along with Nickki Giovanni, Ntozake Shange, and Sonia Sanchez by Haba Na Haba Publishing, Inc., and the Cafe Rocks Poetry Series.
* Opening act for Nationally acclaimed jazz pianist, Ms. Gerri Allen at the African American Museum In Philadelphia.