Sandra Beasley to Visit Campus

The Department of Writing & Linguistics is pleased to announce that poet and non-fiction writer Sandra Beasley will be returning to campus for a reading Friday, April 4th.

There will be an informal Q&A session with Beasley in Newton 1108 at 4:00 pm, and she will give a reading from her work at 7:00 pm in IT 1005 that evening. These events are free and open to all students, faculty, and staff.

Author of I Was the Jukebox, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Theories of Falling, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize, her poetry has been acclaimed as “fresh, crisp, and muscular. They are decisive and fearless. Every object, icon, or historical moment has a soul with a voice. In these poems these soulful ones elbow their way to the surface of the page, smartly into the contemporary now.”

Her most recent book, Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, is a memoir and cultural history of food allergies.

Beasley earned her MFA at American University and worked for several years as an editor for The American Scholar. She is currently a professor in University of Tampa’s low-residency MFA program for creative writing.

For more information on Beasley and her works, you can visit her website or her blog The event is co-sponsored by the Georgia Poetry Circuit.

Below is one of her poems from I Was the Jukebox:


Show me a tent of well-dressed witnesses
and I’ll show you how a circus catches fire:
elephants trying to squeeze down the aisle,
monkeys dancing from pole to hot pole
until the roof collapses. Will you be water?
Will you be ashes? Will you be enough gauze
for a gown? In the stampede, a woman runs
ten yards before noticing the hand she holds
is not her husband’s. She keeps running.
Do you blame her? Convince me eternity
is just this art of surviving, over and over.
Promise you’re worth my weight in burning.


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