Sandra Seaton

April 19, 2002

Sandra Seaton
Sandra Seaton’s work, From The Diary of Sally Hemings, is a collaboration with composer William Bolcom, who set Seaton’s text to music. A song cycle, the work recreates the thoughts and feelings of Sally Hemings throughout her long relationship with Thomas Jefferson by means of fictional diary entries. The Bridge Party, for which Seaton won a Theodore Ward Prize for New African American Playwrights, was chosen for inclusion in Strange Fruit: Plays on Lynching by American Women, edited by Judy Stephens and Kathy Perkins.

A Professor of English at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, Sandra Seaton teaches courses in playwriting, fiction writing, and African American Literature. Her scholarly work, which has been microfilmed by the Tennessee State Archives, focuses on research about African American communities in the South from colonial times through the era of segregation.

Sandra Cecelia Seaton was born in Columbia, Tennessee. The stories of her grandmother and her mother remain an important influence on her writing. Seaton's grandmother instilled in her granddaughter a great pride in the work of their relative Flournoy Miller, who wrote the book and starred in Shuffle Along, a musical that many believe inaugurated the Harlem Renaissance. She received her B.A. from the University of Illinois. She earned her M.A. in Creative Writing at Michigan State University.

For more information on Sandra Seaton, please visit her website:

To view Special Collections' holdings of Seaton's work, please click here.

To hear Seaton read from her own work, please visit the Vincent Voice Library, here.

Back to the Writers' page
Page Editor: BreezySilver
Last Updated: March 12, 2010