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Jan Beatty

Author's Bio

Jan Beatty’s new book, Red Sugar, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2008. Other books include Boneshaker (2002, U. of Pgh. Press) and Mad River, winner of the 1994 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. Ravenous, her limited edition chapbook, won the 1995 State Street Prize. Beatty’s poetry has appeared in Quarterly West, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, and Court Green, and in anthologies published by Oxford University Press, University of Illinois Press, and University of Iowa Press. Beatty has worked as a welfare caseworker, an abortion counselor, in maximum security prisons, and as a waitress for fifteen years. Awards include the $15,000 Creative Achievement Award in Literature from the Heinz Foundation, the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, and two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. For the past thirteen years, she has hosted and produced Prosody, a public radio show on NPR-affiliate WYEP-FM featuring the work of national writers. Beatty directs the creative writing program at Carlow University, where she teaches the Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops and in the MFA program.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
Red Sugar (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008), Boneshaker (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002), Mad River (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1995)
Chapbooks:
Ravenous (State Street Press, 1995)
Prizes:
1994 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for Mad River, U. of Pgh. Press; Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry; Creative Achievement Award from the Heinz Foundation;State Street Prize; others

Jan Beatty Resume

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Listing last updated: October 15, 2008

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
Other
Prefers to work with:
Any
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
Pittsburgh, PA
Raised in:
Pittsburgh, PA

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