Sandra Beasley

One of the things I love about the [Maureen Egen Writers] Exchange Award is that it takes the creative side of writing and it takes the practical side of writing, the publishing and the marketing, and the things that I think a lot of writers are kind of embarrassed to admit an interest in, and it treats it as one holistic world.
—Sandra Beasley, author of I Was the Jukebox (Norton, 2010) and winner of the 2008 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award.


Congratulations Sandra!

Wonderful video. I also felt grateful and encouraged in this strange world of poetry when I was nominated for a Pushcart. Giving others the opportunity to learn how you feel about your successes (and adventures) is gracious and helpful. In order to give others that same opportunity I produced "The Change Interviews" project where Pushcart winners and nominees answer the question "What changed after your win or nomination? It is on my website and also on-site at Poets House in NYC. Sharing and collaborating reaps many unsuspecting rewards.

I Am the Jukebox

Sandra, congratulations! I don't remember hearing about this when you were blogging about the publishing process of I Am the Jukebox on She Writes, but I do remember your launch reading with no books. I remember you talking about the little hand-made books you made to take with you, and your pride in them, in their soul and uniqueness.

I am so happy for you! What a thing this is, to be a poet.