Sandra Beasley, a prize-winning poet and author, will be the third Bainbridge State College’s guest lecturer of the 2013-14 Georgia Poetry Circuit Series on Monday, March 31.

At 4:30 p.m., Beasley will give a craft lecture for aspiring writers. A reading from her works will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a book signing. Both events will be held in the Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center Solarium. In addition, both are free and open to the public.

Beasley’s most recent wrote, Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Takes from an Allergic Life, is a memoir and cultural history of food allergy.

The Washington, D.C., resident is also the author of I Was the Jukebox, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Theories of Falling, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize.

She was a regular contributor to the “XX Files” column for the Washington Post Magazine and more recently, her prose has appeared in the Wall Street Journal and Psychology Today.

Honors for her work include the Lenoir-Rhyne University Writer in Residence position, the University of Mississippi Summer Poet in Residence position, a DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship, the Friends of Literature Prize from the Poetry Foundation, and the Maureen Egen Exchange Award from Poets & Writers.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English magna cum laude from the University of Virginia and later earned a Master of Fine Arts from American University.

For several years, she worked as an editor at The American Scholar before leaving the position to write full time.


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