Residency Period: 2011
Sandra Beasley is a writer and educator living in Washington, D.C. She serves on the Faculty and Board of the Writer’s Center. She holds an MFA in creative writing from The American University, and a BA in English from the University of Virginia.
She won the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize for I Was the Jukebox, selected by Joy Harjo (W.W. Norton, 2010). Her first collection, Theories of Falling, won the 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize judged by Marie Howe. Her poetry has appeared in such magazines as Poetry, Slate, and The Believer, as well as the anthologies Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and The Best American Poetry 2010.
Honors for Beasley’s work include the 2010 University of Mississippi Summer Poet in Residence position, a 2010 DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Individual Artist Fellowship, the Friends of Literature Prize from the Poetry Foundation, and the Maureen Egen Exchange Award from Poets & Writers. She has received fellowships to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference (as a Walter E. Dakin Fellow), the Millay Colony, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Jentel Artist Residency, and Vermont Studio Center.