May 5, 1980 |
|Alma mater||University of Virginia;
|Notable awards||Barnard Women Poets Prize|
Sandra Beasley (born May 5, 1980, in Vienna, Virginia) is an American poet and non-fiction writer.
Beasley graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, earned a B.A. in English magna cum laude from the University of Virginia, and later received an MFA degree from American University. For several years she worked as an editor at The American Scholar before leaving the position to write full-time.
Beasley is the author of the poetry collections Theories of Falling (New Issues, 2008) and I Was the Jukebox, (W.W. Norton, 2010), as well as the memoir Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life (Crown, 2011), which is also as a cultural history of food allergies. 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 and more recently her prose has appeared in the Wall Street Journal and Psychology Today. She has received fellowships to the University of Mississippi (as the Summer Poet in Residence), the Sewanee Writers' Conference (Walter E. Dakin Fellowship), and Virginia Center for 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
- 2010 Summer Poet in Residence fellowship at the University of Mississippi
- 2010 LegalArt Residence
- 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
- 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
- Beasley, Sandra (2011). Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life. New York, NY: Crown Publishing Group. p. 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.
- 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
- Lowery, Samantha. "Poetic License". A&S Online. University of Virginia. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
- "MFA Alum Reveals Writing Process, Inspiration". In Capital Letters. American University. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
- Cook, Gretchen (March 1, 2010). "Well Versed". Washingtonian. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
- Livingston, Susan Allen (July 21, 2011). "Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl, by Sandra Beasley". Washington Post. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
- Beasley, Sandra (March 15, 2009). "Food Fight". Washington Post. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
- Beasley, Sandra (May 24, 2009). "Show and Tell". Washington Post. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
- Beasley, Sandra (July 9, 2011). "An 'Allergy Girl' Comes Out of Her Bubble". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
- Ingram, Lance (June 16, 2010). "Poet-in-Residence Program Welcomes Fourth Writer". Daily Mississippian. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
- Sewanee Writers' Conference
- 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