Sandra Beasley, an award-winning poet and 2015 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, will highlight the Paul K. Bergan Poetry Festival at Foxcroft School on January 29-30, 2016, English Department Chair Anne Burridge announced Tuesday.
The public is welcome to attend the festival, which also includes a Poetry Slam, Coffee House and several formal readings. Please call 540-687-5555 for more information.
Beasley, who gave a reading at Foxcroft’s festival in 2008, has been honored for each of her published collections of poetry. She won the 2007 New issues Poetry Prize for her first collection, Theories of Falling and the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize for her second, I Was the Jukebox. Her latest collection, Count the Waves (W. W. Norton., 2015) has just come out but it includes a number of poems from the chapbook that earned her the 2013 Center for Book Arts Poetry Chapbook prize.
Beasley’s poetry has appeared in such magazines as Ploughshares, Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry and The Believer, as well as The Best American Poetry 2010. . Her nonfiction has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post Magazine, Oxford American and the Wall Street Journal. Her memoir, Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales From an Allergic Life, was published in 2011.
Beasley, who lives in Washington, D.C., holds an MFA in creative writing from The American University, and a BA in English from the University of Virginia. She