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Sandra Beasley

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Sandra Beasley born May 5, 1980, in Vienna, Virginia is an American poet and non-fiction writer


  • 1 Background
  • 2 Honors and awards
  • 3 Published works
  • 4 Translated works
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


Beasley graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, earned a BA in English magna cum laude from the University of Virginia,[1] and later received an MFA degree from American University[2] For several years she worked as an editor at The American Scholar before leaving the position to write full-time[3]

Beasley is the author of the poetry collections Theories of Falling New Issues, 2008 and I Was the Jukebox, WW Norton, 2010, as well as the memoir Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life Crown, 2011, which is also a cultural history of food allergies[4] Her poetry has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2010, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and Best New Poets 2005, as well as such journals as Poetry, The Believer, AGNI online, Blackbird, Barrelhouse, Copper Nickel, Gulf Coast, and Black Warrior Review She was a regular contributor to the "XX Files" column for the Washington Post Magazine[5][6] and more recently her prose has appeared in the Wall Street Journal[7] and Psychology Today She has received fellowships to the University of Mississippi as the Summer Poet in Residence,[8] the Sewanee Writers' Conference Walter E Dakin Fellowship, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts two Cafritz Fellowships, among others honors She serves on the Board for the Writer's Center and is also a member of the Arts Club of Washington

Honors and awards

  • 2015 Cavafy Prize from Poetry International
  • 2010 Summer Poet in Residence fellowship at the University of Mississippi
  • 2010 LegalArt Residence[9]
  • 2010 Artist Fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
  • 2009 Friends of Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation
  • 2009 Cafritz Fellowship to Virginia Center for Creative Arts
  • 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Joy Harjo
  • 2008 Walter E Dakin Fellowship to the Sewanee Writers' Conference[10]
  • 2008 Maureen Egen Exchange Award from Poets & Writers
  • 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize, selected by Marie Howe
  • 2006 Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize from Passages North at Northern Michigan University
  • 2005 Cafritz Fellowship to Virginia Center for Creative Arts

Published works

  • Beasley, Sandra 2015 Count the Waves: Poems New York, NY: W W Norton p 96 ISBN 978-0-393-24320-8mw-parser-output citecitationmw-parser-output citation qmw-parser-output id-lock-free a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-free amw-parser-output id-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output id-lock-registration a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-registration amw-parser-output id-lock-subscription a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-subscription amw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registrationmw-parser-output cs1-subscription span,mw-parser-output cs1-registration spanmw-parser-output cs1-ws-icon amw-parser-output codecs1-codemw-parser-output cs1-hidden-errormw-parser-output cs1-visible-errormw-parser-output cs1-maintmw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registration,mw-parser-output cs1-formatmw-parser-output cs1-kern-left,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-leftmw-parser-output cs1-kern-right,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-right
  • Beasley, Sandra 2011 Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life New York, NY: Crown Publishing Group pp 240 ISBN 978-0-307-58811-1
  • Beasley, Sandra 2010 I Was the Jukebox: Poems New York, NY: W W Norton p 90 ISBN 978-0-393-07651-6
  • Beasley, Sandra 2008 Theories of Falling: Poems Kalamazoo, MI: New Issues Poetry & Prose p 64 ISBN 978-1-930974-74-6

Translated works

  • Die Abtastnadel in der Rille eines traurigen Lieds Selected poems Bilingual edition German, English Berlin: Hochroth Press, 2011 pp 28 ISBN 978-3-942161-13-8


  1. ^ Lowery, Samantha "Poetic License" A&S Online University of Virginia Archived from the original on 20 July 2011 Retrieved 1 September 2011
  2. ^ "MFA Alum Reveals Writing Process, Inspiration" In Capital Letters American University Retrieved 1 September 2011
  3. ^ Cook, Gretchen March 1, 2010 "Well Versed" Washingtonian Retrieved 1 September 2011
  4. ^ Livingston, Susan Allen July 21, 2011 "Don't Kill the Birthday Girl, by Sandra Beasley" Washington Post Retrieved 1 September 2011
  5. ^ Beasley, Sandra March 15, 2009 "Food Fight" Washington Post Retrieved 1 September 2011
  6. ^ Beasley, Sandra May 24, 2009 "Show and Tell" Washington Post Retrieved May 23, 2010
  7. ^ Beasley, Sandra July 9, 2011 "An 'Allergy Girl' Comes Out of Her Bubble" Wall Street Journal Retrieved 1 September 2011
  8. ^ Ingram, Lance June 16, 2010 "Poet-in-Residence Program Welcomes Fourth Writer" Daily Mississippian Archived from the original on 30 August 2011 Retrieved 1 September 2011
  9. ^ "Blogs – Legal Art Miami" legalartmiamiorg Retrieved 5 September 2015
  10. ^ "Sewanee Writers' Conference" sewaneewritersorg Retrieved 5 September 2015

External links

  • Author's website
  • Author's "Chicks Dig Poetry" blog
  • Interview: "Q&A: Sandra Beasley says allergies can bring out insensitivity in others" The Globe & Mail July 19, 2011
  • Interview: "Sandra Beasley: On Food Allergies, Rituals, and Inclusion"> Her Circle > Shana Thornton, July 12, 2011
  • Interview: "Jake Adam York Interviews Sandra Beasley" Southern Spaces September 22, 2011
  • Poems: The Plays of Lilliput; The Mangrove House; The Parade, Delaware Poetry Review
  • Poems: The Angels; My Los Alamos; Fireproof, Coconut 8

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