Jeffery Beam

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Author's Bio

Jeffery Beam's work hailed for its "transcendent, lush beauty, its minimal sacrament, simplicity & physicality" fuses the physical & spiritual worlds, creating a conversation between the natural world, the body, & the spirit. Beam is the author of over 25 works of poetry, essay, & musical collaborations.

Publications and Prizes

An Elizabethan Bestiary: Retold
(Horse & Buggy, 1999)
, An Invocation
(Country Valley Press, 2008)
, Contemporay Gay American Poets and Playwrights
(Greenwood Press, 2003)
, Gospel Earth
(Skysill Press, 2010)
, Gospel Earth
(Longhouse, 2006)
, Life of the Bee
(Rock Valley Music, 2001)
, Light and Shadow
(Aperture, 1997)
, Midwinter Fires
(Seven Kitchens Press, 2012)
, MountSeaEden
(Chester Creek Press, 2010)
, The Beautiful Tendons: Uncollected Queer Poems 1969 - 2007
(White Crane Books, 2008)
, The Broken Flower
(Skysill Press, 2012)
, The Fountain
(North Carolina Wesleyan College Press, 1992)
, The New Beautiful Tendons: Collected Queer Poems 1969-2012
(Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2013)
, Visions of Dame Kind
(Jargon Society, 1995)
, What We Have Lost: New & Selected Poems
(Green Finch, 2002)
Charmed Lives
(White Crane Books, 2006)
, Collective Brightness
(Sibling Rivalry Press, 2011)
, Gay Roots
(Leyland Publishing, 1991)
, Light in Ordinary Things
(Fearless Books, 2009)
, Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont
(University of North Carolina Press, 2010)
, New Growth: Shauna Holiman and Friends - New Songs and Spoken Poems
(Albany Records, 2002)
, Son of the Male Muse
(Crossing Press, 1983)
, Succinct The Broadstone Anthology of Short Poems
(Broadstone Books, 2013)
, Visiting Dr. Williams
(University of Iowa Press, 2011)
Asheville Poetry Review, Assaracus, Carolina Quarterly, Gargoyle Magazine, Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review, North Carolina Literary Review, Yellow Silk
Prizes Won: 
Have received numerous awards and grants including three American Library Association Notable Book and Gay / Lesbian Non-fiction Award nominations, a Pushcart nomination, an IPPY Ten Best Books Award, an Audie Award, an AIGA 50 Best Books Award, a Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival Award, a North Carolina Writers Network Blumenthal Writer and Reader Award, a Durham Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant, a Duke University Chronicle Award, a Writer's Digest Editor Award for best E-Zine poetry outlet, a 1998 Associated Press Holiday Gift Giving Ideas, and a grant from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation. His work as an educator was highlighted in The Compassionate Classroom: Lessons that Nurture Wisdom and Empathy by Jane Dalton and Lyn Fairchild. Beam is also the recipient of a Preservation Award from the 2004 Preservation Society of Chapel Hill, and the first annual Provost Award for Public Service from the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for Public Service in 2000. His highly regarded readings were chosen thrice by The Independent Weekly as Best Bets & Eight Days a Week Our Picks, and as a Smart Bet by Asheville's Mountain Xpress newspaper. Beam has read at two North Carolina Literary Festivals and the UNC-CH North Carolina Collection's Second Sunday Reading series, was inducted in the North Carolina Writers Conference, was an invited guest to the Durham Public Library's Centennial NC Writers Gala, a 2002 Parade Marshal for the NC Gay Pride Festival, and served for ten years as a judge for the Lambda Book Awards.

More Information

Listed as: 
Poet, Spoken Word Artist
Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Appalachian, Celtic American, European American, G/L/B/T, Other, Scotch-Irish American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, At Risk Youth, Children, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender, Homeless people, Hospital patients, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Prisoners, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers
Born in: 
Raised in: 
Kannapolis, NC
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Last updated: Nov 14, 2018