Sandra M. Castillo was born in Havana, Cuba and came to the United States on the Johnson administration's Freedom Flights. She received her MA from Florida State University. Her poems have appeared in a wealth of publications and anthologies, including: The North American Review, The Connecticut Review, and the Cimarron Review. In 2002, she received the White Pine Press award for her collection entitled My Father Sings to My Embarrassment. She currently lives in Miami, Florida.