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On Adrienne Rich, Letting Go of Genre, & Celebrating the April 3 Paperback Release of DON'T KILL THE BIRTHDAY GIRL (Book Giveaway!)

"The most notable fact our culture imprints on women is the sense of our limits. The most important thing one woman can do for another is to illuminate and expand her sense of actual possibilities."

- Adrienne Rich (1929-2012)…

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Added by Sandra Beasley on April 2, 2012 at 12:00pm — 11 Comments

Trust Your Eye: On Ordering Poetry

One of the pleasures of my recent stay at Virginia Center for Creative Arts was the chance to spread out pages of my manuscript-in-progress. This is something I've been able to do with each of my collections, first on the walls of my studio at the Millay Colony…

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Added by Sandra Beasley on February 3, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

On Art Colonies (What Works, What Doesn't)

I'm happy to serve as a guest editor for the SheWrites blog this week--especially knowing we can create some precious creative space for co-founder Kamy Wicoff to work on her own book. Go, Kamy, go! Today, I thought I would give you a glimpse of where I am; each day this week I look forward to featuring a…

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Added by Sandra Beasley on January 30, 2012 at 6:00am — 8 Comments

TWO DAYS LEFT to support FINALIST SheWriters in the 2011 GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS

 

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving! Somehow--by hook, by crook, by bribe of turkey and stuffing--DON'T KILL THE BIRTHDAY GIRL: TALES FROM AN ALLERGIC LIFE made it to the FINAL round of the 2011 Goodreads Choice Awards, in the "Food & Cooking"…

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Added by Sandra Beasley on November 28, 2011 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Support SheWriters in the 2011 GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS: The Semifinals!

As I mentioned in my earlier post, Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life is a nominee in this year's…

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Added by Sandra Beasley on November 14, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Calling all Goodreads Choice Award Nominees!

I just found out that Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, which was published in July by Crown, is a nominee for a Goodreads Choice Award in the "Food & Cooking"…

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Added by Sandra Beasley on November 7, 2011 at 8:30am — 20 Comments

COUNTDOWN TO PUBLICATION: Here! (On Writing as a Woman)

Thank you for helping me welcome I WAS THE JUKEBOX into the world. Since I introduced myself to the She Writes community with a story, I thought I'd close out my "Countdown to Publication" posts with another story.



There are three poems in this book called "Signs"; together, they form a triptych of small, intimate scenes of domestic grief. In one of them, originally titled "After Miscarriage," a woman struggles with the loss of a first-trimester fetus. While everyone expects… Continue

Added by Sandra Beasley on April 5, 2010 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

COUNTDOWN TO PUBLICATION: 6 Days (Juggling Genres)

My second poetry collection, I Was the Jukebox, won the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize (selected by Joy Harjo) and will be launched into the world on April 5, 2010 by W. W. Norton.



Less than a week to go! I should be getting a haircut. Stocking up on champagne. Hanging the streamers. Except that instead of focusing on an exciting debut, I'm pondering a looming deadline. The next portion of my memoir, Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life,… Continue

Added by Sandra Beasley on March 29, 2010 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

COUNTDOWN TO PUBLICATION: 11 Days (The Gift)

My second poetry collection, I Was the Jukebox, won the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize (selected by Joy Harjo) and will be launched into the world on April 5, 2010 by W. W. Norton.



Let's talk about community. Let's talk about generosity. In mid-March, I sent out my biannual "news" note, an email of updates that goes out to about 450 folks hand-sifted from all the correspondence I've accumulated over the previous six months. It's an exhaustive gesture, because I assemble… Continue

Added by Sandra Beasley on March 24, 2010 at 7:30pm — 5 Comments

COUNTDOWN TO PUBLICATION: 20 Days (The Book as Object)

My second poetry collection, I Was the Jukebox, won the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize (selected by Joy Harjo) and will be launched into the world on April 5, 2010 by W. W. Norton.



Given the experience with my first book, you can imagine my shock when a copy of I Was the Jukebox arrived… Continue

Added by Sandra Beasley on March 15, 2010 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

COUNTDOWN TO PUBLICATION: 27 Days (On Arranging Readings)

My second poetry collection, I Was the Jukebox, won the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize (selected by Joy Harjo) and will be launched into the world on April 5, 2010 by W. W. Norton.



On Sunday I met up with a fellow poet to go to a reading at the Writer's Center. My friend has published two books--first with a small independent press, second with a larger regional publishing house--and her third book will be published,… Continue

Added by Sandra Beasley on March 8, 2010 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

COUNTDOWN TO PUBLICATION: 34 Days

My second poetry collection, I Was the Jukebox, won the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize (selected by Joy Harjo) and will be launched into the world on April 5, 2010 by W. W. Norton.



This will only be a short post because I've been in New Orleans for the last four days, both researching my nonfiction book (by attending a medical conference on allergies) and finding my way to two different local reading series in order to connect with some Louisiana poets. All on a very… Continue

Added by Sandra Beasley on March 1, 2010 at 7:35am — 11 Comments

COUNTDOWN TO PUBLICATION: 41 Days

My second poetry collection, I Was the Jukebox, won the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize (selected by Joy Harjo) and will be launched into the world on April 5, 2010 by W. W. Norton.



Hello all! Thanks so much for the welcoming response to my last "countdown" entry. I thought I'd switch gears and post on a practical topic. Specifically: let's say you snag an opportunity to promote a book of yours--whether through a reading, a print excerpt, or a guest-blog post. What are… Continue

Added by Sandra Beasley on February 22, 2010 at 12:26pm — 4 Comments

COUNTDOWN TO PUBLICATION: 48 Days

My second poetry collection, I Was the Jukebox, won the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize (selected by Joy Harjo) and will be launched into the world on April 5, 2010 by W. W. Norton.



I've been trying to figure out where to begin. Galleys? Reviews? Readings? Book trailers? But you all hardly know me yet. So I thought I'd start with a story.



My first collection of… Continue

Added by Sandra Beasley on February 15, 2010 at 8:26am — 5 Comments

COUNTDOWN TO PUBLICATION: 52 Days

52 days. 52 Days?!? That is an eternity compared to what some of my fellow SheWriters are facing.


So imagine how I felt on December 15, 2009, 110 days to go. My second collection, I Was the Jukebox…
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Added by Sandra Beasley on February 11, 2010 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

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