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  • Jake Adam York Interviews Sandra Beasley

    Sandra Beasley, Poet

    22 September 2011

    Poet Sandra Beasley discusses her food allergies, their effect on family and social gatherings, and her travels through the U.S. South in this September 4, 2011 interview with Jake Adam York in Decatur, Georgia. She also reads several poems from her collection I Was the Jukebox.

    "Jake Adam York Interviews Sandra Beasley" is part of the Poets in Place series, a Research Collaboration in the Humanities initiative funded through Emory University’s Presidential Woodruff Fund, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost. Series producers are Natasha Trethewey and Allen Tullos.

    Interview with Sandra Beasley:


    Text of Poems Read:

    "Another Failed Poem About the Greeks," "Antietam," and "Making History."


    About Sandra Beasley:

    Sandra Beasley is a poet and nonfiction writer based in Washington DC. In 2011, her third book, Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a memoir and cultural history of food allergies, was published by Crown. She is also the author of two poetry collections: Theories of Falling (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2008), winner of the 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize, and I Was the Jukebox (W. W. Norton, 2010), winner of the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize. Beasley’s honors include residencies at the University of Mississippi and LegalArt, artist fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, as well as the 2009 Friends of Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation, the 2008 Maureen Egen Exchange Award from Poetry & Writers, and the Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize from Passages North at Northern Michigan University. Her poems have appeared in anthologies such as The Best American Poetry 2010, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and Best New Poets 2005 and she has been published in journals such as AGNI online, The Believer, Barrelhouse, Blackbird, Black Warrior Review, Copper Nickel, Gulf Coast, and POETRY. As a student at the University of Virginia, she met Henry Taylor, who later became her mentor at American University; when Taylor was a UVA student, he was mentored by George Garrett.

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    Recommended Resources and Selected Writings:

    Selected Published Works:

    Beasley, Sandra. Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life. New York: Crown, 2011.

    ———. I Was the Jukebox: Poems. New York: W. W. Norton, 2010.

    ———. Theories of Falling: Poems. Kalamazoo, MI: New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2008.


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    The Globe and Mail Interview with Sandra Beasley

    Her Circle Interview with Sandra Beasley

    Sandra Beasley's website