Sandy Close is executive editor and director of New Maerica Foundation. She also has served as executive cirector of Pacific News Service since 1974, where she founded YO! Youth Outlook, a monthly magazine of youth writing and art in 1991; and co-founded in The Beat Within, a weekly writing journal by incarcerated youth in 1996.
A graduate of UC Berkeley, Sandy was formerly China editor of The Far Eastern Economic Review (Hong Kong), and founder of the Oakland-based Flatlands newspaper. Among her many awards and recognitions, in 1995, Sandy received a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award” Fellowship; and in 1997, she co-produced the Academy Award-winning short documentary, Breathing Lessons.