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Sandra Beasley (born May 5, 1980) is an American poet and non-fiction writer.


Beasley was born in Vienna, Virginia. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, then earned a B.A. in English magna cum laude from the University of Virginia,[1] and later received an MFA degree from American University.[2] For several years she worked as an editor at The American Scholar magazine before leaving the position to write full-time.[3]

Beasley is the author of the poetry collections Theories of Falling (New Issues, 2008) and I Was the Jukebox, (W.W. Norton, 2010), as well as the memoir Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life (Crown, 2011), which is also as a cultural history of food allergies.[4] Her poetry has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2010, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and Best New Poets 2005, as well as such journals as Poetry, The Believer, AGNI online, Blackbird, Barrelhouse, Copper Nickel, Gulf Coast, and Black Warrior Review. She was a regular contributor to the "XX Files" column for the Washington Post Magazine[5][6] and more recently her prose has appeared in the Wall Street Journal[7] and Psychology Today. She serves on the Board for the Writer's Center and is also a member of the Arts Club of Washington.


Beasley has received fellowships to the University of Mississippi (as the Summer Poet in Residence),[8] the Sewanee Writers' Conference (Walter E. Dakin Fellowship), and Virginia Center for Creative Arts (two Cafritz Fellowships), among others honors.




  • Theories of Falling. Kalamazoo, MI: New Issues / Western Michigan University, 2008.
  • I Was the Jukebox: Poems. New York: Norton, 2010. ISBN 978-0-393-07651-6
  • None in the same room : poems from 'The Traveler's "Vade Mecum"'. New York: Center for Book Arts, 2013.
  • Count the Waves: Poems. New York: Norton, 2015.


Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[11]

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Sandra Beasley - "You Were You"


  1. Lowery, Samantha. "Poetic License". A&S Online. University of Virginia. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  2. "MFA Alum Reveals Writing Process, Inspiration". In Capital Letters. American University. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  3. Cook, Gretchen (March 1, 2010). "Well Versed". Washingtonian. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  4. Livingston, Susan Allen (July 21, 2011). "Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl, by Sandra Beasley". Washington Post. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  5. Beasley, Sandra (March 15, 2009). "Food Fight". Washington Post. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  6. Beasley, Sandra (May 24, 2009). "Show and Tell". Washington Post. Retrieved May 23, 2010. 
  7. Beasley, Sandra (July 9, 2011). "An 'Allergy Girl' Comes Out of Her Bubble". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  8. Ingram, Lance (June 16, 2010). "Poet-in-Residence Program Welcomes Fourth Writer". Daily Mississippian. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  9. LegalArt
  10. Sewanee Writers' Conference
  11. Search results = au:Sandra Beasley, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Aug. 28, 2015.

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