Sandra Benitez was born in Sandy Ables, Washington D.C. and spent ten years of her childhood in El Salvador while her father was based there as a diplomat. She attended high school in Missouri from aged 14 and subsequently graduated with a B.S. (1962) and M.A. (1974) from Northeast Missouri State University.
In 1997 she was selected as the University of Minnesota Edelstein-Keller Distinguished Writer in Residence. In 1998 she did the Writers Community Residency for the YMCA National Writer’s Voice program. In the spring of 2001 she held the Knapp Chair in Humanities as Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of San Diego.
- 2004 Hispanic Heritage Award for Literature.
- 2006 Gund Fellow
- 1998 American Book Award, for Bitter Grounds
|Library resources about
|By Sandra Benitez|
- A Place Where the Sea Remembers. Simon and Schuster. 1993. ISBN 978-0-671-89267-8.
- Bitter Grounds. Macmillan. 1998. ISBN 978-0-312-19541-0.
- The Weight of All Things. Hyperion. 2002. ISBN 978-0-7868-8703-3.
- Night of the Radishes. Hyperion. January 2004. ISBN 978-0-7868-6400-3.
- Bag Lady: A Memoir, The Triumphant True Story of Loss, Illness and Recovery. Benitez Books. 2005. ISBN 978-0-9774848-0-5.
- Mickey Pearlman (ed.). "Home Views". A Place Called Home: Twenty Writing Women Remember. St. Martin’s Press. ISBN 978-0-312-17443-9.
- Marilyn Kallet, Judith Ortiz Cofer (ed.). "Fire, Wax, Smoke". Sleeping with One Eye Open. University of Georgia Press. ISBN 978-0-8203-2153-0.
- Nicolás Kanellos (2003). Hispanic literature of the United States: a comprehensive reference. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 978-1-57356-558-5.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-10-26. Retrieved 2009-11-29.
- "Hispanic Heritage Awards for Literature". Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Retrieved 11 January 2011.