Who Is This Now?

Maggie Ryan Sandford is a science writer, researcher, and producer, whose mission in life is to make the world more scientifically literate through creative, research-based media projects. With a background in comedy performance, she writes and speaks about science, science+art, and science culture. She researches how humans learn about science, and how they can better learn about science. She produces and performs in 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.

Maggie has performed her work at the Guthrie Theatre, the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, People’s Improv Theater, Rififi, Joe’s Pub, the Seattle Poetry Festival, the Walker Art Center, the Wheeler Centre’s “Interrobang: A Festival of Questions”Rockstar Storytellers, for College Humor, NPR’s Story Forms, Kevin Kling’s Storycraft, All Things Considered, A Beautiful World, and various podcasts including You Are Hear and Regret Labs.

Previously, she held the position of 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 TV production, working as a segment producer for Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. Her previous production credits include 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 the intersection of art and science. Please drop a line.

Complete CV available upon request.

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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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