For Immediate Release - Southwest Tennessee Community College

Date: March 31, 2011

Sandra Beasley Reading to Culminate National Poetry Month at Southwest

Nationally known poet Sandra Beasley will take selections of her works to Southwest Tennessee Community College on April 21 as the college's final note in observance of National Poetry Month. She will give her reading in the Fulton Auditorium at the Macon Cove Campus from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Southwest invites students, faculty and staff to attend, as well as friends of the college and poetry lovers. The event, sponsored by the Honors Society and Pierian literary society, will be open to the public and free of charge.

Some of the much-awarded writer's works include I Was the Jukebox, selected by Joy Harjo (W.W. Norton, 2010) as winner of the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize and her first collection in 2007, Theories of Falling, winner of the 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize judged by Marie Howe. Her poetry appears in such magazines as Poetry, Slate, and The Believer, and the anthologies, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and The Best American Poetry 2010.

Beasley's frequent residencies, fellowships, workshops and readings at colleges and universities keep her traveling across the country. She lives in Washington, D.C., where she serves on the faculty and the Board of the Writer's Center. Her nonfiction has been featured in the Washington Post Magazine and she is working on Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a memoir forthcoming from Crown in July 2011.

Other National Poetry Month observances at Southwest include poetry readings and workshops by Ann Fisher-Wirth and Tina Barr, and the college favorite, semi-annual event, the Coffeehouse Open Mike evening.

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Photo Caption: Sandra Beasley
Photo courtesy Matthew Worden
Sandra Beasley

For more information contact: Pat O'Brien, (901) 333-4021, pobrien@southwest.tn.edu,
Farris Bldg., Room 1002, 5983 Macon Cove, Memphis, TN 38134