Who Is This Now?

Maggie Ryan Sandford is a writer/researcher/producer/reformed comedian on a mission to make the world more scientifically literate through creative, research-based media projects. She writes and speaks about evolution, neuroscience, science+art, and science culture. She researches how humans learn about and engage with science, and how to help more humans do so. She produces and performs work for TV, radio, and stage. More specifically…

Her science writing has appeared in Slate, Smithsonian, National Geographic online, Nautil.us, ComedyCentral.com, the Onion/A.V. Club, mental_floss, and on TV and radio. Her fiction has a appeared in publications including Paper Darts, Revolver, the Indiana Review, McSweeney’s Book of Politics and Musicals and earned the semi-annual Richard Hugo House Founders’ Award and first place in Literary Death Match 100 and Write Fight #1. She is currently at work on a book about evolution (Black Dog & Leventhal).

Maggie has performed her work at Joe’s Pub, the Guthrie Theatre, People’s Improv Theater, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Rififi, the Seattle Poetry Festival, the Walker Art Center, the Wheeler Centre’s “Interrobang: A Festival of Questions”Rockstar Storytellers, and for All Things Considered, A Beautiful World, College Humor, Kevin Kling’s Storycraft, NPR’s Story Forms, and various podcasts including Stephen Dubner’s Tell Me Something I Don’t Know and Regret Labs.

Previously, she was a research and evaluation associate at the Science Museum of Minnesota, doing science about how people learn about science. Research affiliations include the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, Purdue University, the University of Notre Dame, and the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE).

She has recently returned to production, working on a podcast exploring the taboo stories of emotion in science. Other production credits include Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, The Onion News Network, Diners/Drive-Ins/and Dives, The Writer’s Almanac, A Prairie Home Companion, and an interactive, multimedia documentary for Twin Cities Public Television, the Association for Independents in Radio (AIR), and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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She would love to talk to you, any time, about so many things but especially your relationship with science. And/or evolution. And/or cetaceans. Please drop a line.

Complete CV available upon request.

Feel free to hit her up on Twitter… If you’re into the whole brevity thing. ————————>

2 Comments on “Who Is This Now?”

  1. After clicking over here from your Paper Darts interview, I was really excited to find someone else in the Twin Cities with a WP site of literary humor. But once I got here and saw you are a Mac grad, I realized I think I already know you. Were we in Wang PIng’s Intro to Poetry together, probably 10 years ago now?
    Anyhow, I’m really enjoying reading through the great work you’ve got on here and am looking forward to keeping up in the future.

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