Sandra Beasley is the author of three poetry collections including Count the Waves, which was published by W. W. Norton in 2015. She won the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize for I Was the Jukebox, and the 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize for Theories of Falling. Her poetry has appeared in Poetry, AGNI, Blackbird, and Virginia Quarterly Review, and was chosen for The Best American Poetry 2010, as well as several other anthologies.
Beasley is the recipient of a 2015 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2013, she served as the Distinguished Writer at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA, and the Writer in Residence at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC. Other honors include the Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize, a University of Mississippi Summer Poet in Residence position, two DCCAH Artist Fellowships, and the Maureen Egen Exchange Award from Poets & Writers. She has received fellowships to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Millay Colony, VCCA, and Vermont Studio Center.
Her nonfiction has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Oxford American. In 2011, Crown published Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales From an Allergic Life, her memoir and a cultural history of food allergies. Beasley teaches with the University of Tampa low-residency MFA program and lives in Washington, D.C.