Jan Beatty


1012 Savannah Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15221

Author's Bio

Jan Beatty’s sixth book, The Body Wars, was published in Fall, 2020 by the University of Pittsburgh Press. She is the winner of the Red Hen Nonfiction Award for her memoir, American Bastard, forthcoming in 2021. Books include Jackknife: New and Collected Poems (2018 Paterson Prize) named by Sandra Cisneros on LitHub as her favorite book of 2019. Her fourth book, The Switching/Yard, was named by Library Journal as one of ...30 New Books That Will Help You Rediscover Poetry. The Huffington Post called her one of ten “advanced women poets for required reading.” Her poem, “Shooter” was featured in a paper delivered in Paris by scholar Mary Kate Azcuy: “Jan Beatty’s ‘Shooter,’ A Controversy For Feminist & Gender Politics.” Books include Red Sugar, Boneshaker, and Mad River, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, all published by University of Pittsburgh Press. Awards include the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, Discovery/The Nation Prize finalist, $10,000 Artist Grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation, and a $15,000 Creative Achievement Award in Literature, Heinz Foundation. Beatty's work has been published in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Poetry, BuzzFeed, North American Review, and Best American Poetry, and she was featured at the Split This Rock Poetry Festival and the Geraldine R. Dodge Festival. For many years, Beatty worked as a waitress, an abortion counselor, and in maximum security prisons. For twenty-five years, she hosted and produced Prosody, a public radio show on NPR-affiliate WYEP-FM featuring the work of national writers. She directs creative writing at Carlow University where she runs the Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops and is Distinguished Writer in Residence of the MFA program.




Publications & Prizes

American Bastard (Red Hen Press, 2021)
The Body Wars (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020)
Jackknife: New and Selected Poems (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017)
The Switching/Yard (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013)
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Ravenous (State Street Press, 1995)
Prizes won: 

 Red Hen Nonfiction Award, 2019; Paterson Poetry Prize, 2018; 1994 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for Mad River, U. of Pgh. Press; Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry; State Street Chapbook Prize; Discovery/The Nation Prize Finalist; $10,000 Artist Grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation;  $15,000 Creative Achievement Award in Literature, Heinz Foundation; Two Fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; Fellowships at the Santa Fe Arts Institute; the MacDowell Colony; Ragdale; the Montana Artist Refuge; Jentel, Wyoming; Ucross, Wyoming; Brush Creek Ranch, Wyoming; Hedgebrook, Washington; Whooping Crane Trust, James L. Grahl Research Center; and Leighton Studios at Banff, Alberta, Canada.

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Last update: Mar 09, 2021