Sandra Beasley

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Author's Bio

Sandra Beasley is the author of four poetry collections—Made to Explode, Count the Waves, I Was the Jukebox, which won the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Theories of Falling—as well as Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a disability memoir and cultural history of food allergies. She served as the editor for Vinegar and Char: Verse from the Southern Foodways Alliance. Honors for her work include the 2019 Munster Literature Centre’s John Montague International Poetry Fellowship, a 2015 NEA fellowship, and five DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities fellowships. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

A Harp in the Stars: An Anthology of Lyric Essays (University of Nebraska Press, 2021)
Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life (Crown, 2011)


The Eloquent Poem: 128 Contemporary Poems and Their Making (Persea Books, 2019)
Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse Press, 2015)
The Ecopoetry Anthology (Trinity University Press, 2013)
The Incredible Sestina Anthology (Write Bloody Publishing, 2013)
2011 New California Writing (Heyday Books, 2011)
Best American Poetry (Scribner, 2010)
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Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel (No Tell Books, 2007)
Best New Poets 2005 (Samovar Press, 2005)
Made to Explode: Poems (W. W. Norton & Company, 2021)
Count the Waves: Poems (W. W. Norton & Company, 2015)
I Was the Jukebox: Poems (W. W. Norton & Company, 2010)
Theories of Falling (New Issues Press, 2008)
None in the Same Room: Poems from the Traveler's Vade Mecum (Center for Book Arts, 2013)
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Rhino Magazine
The Rattling Wall
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In spring 2019, she was in residence for a semester as the John Montague International Poetry Fellow, hosted by the Munster Literature Centre and University College Cork, in Cork, Ireland. In 2018, she served as a Writer in Residence at Wichita State University. In fall 2017, she represented the United States at Ideogramma’s 3rd International Literary Festival in Cyprus. In 2013 she served as the Writer in Residence at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina, and the Distinguished Writer at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. She was a recipient of a 2015 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in poetry. Other honors include two Larry Neal Writers Awards and five Individual Artist Fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities; the 2009 Friends of Literature Prize from the Poetry Foundation; the 2008 Maureen Egen Exchange Award from Poets & Writers; the 2006 Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize from Passages North/Northern Michigan University; and the 2005 Myra Sklarew Award for Outstanding Thesis from American University. She has also received fellowships to the Hermitage Artist Residency, Jentel Artist Residency, the Millay Colony for the Arts, Virginia Center for Creative Artists, Vermont Studio Center, the Indiana Writers' Conference, and the Sewanee Writers' Conference, where she was a Walter E. Dakin Fellow in 2008.

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Vienna, VA
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Last update: Feb 12, 2022