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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Wednesday, July 21 - Sandra Beasley

Wednesday at 2:30 on Bib I'll host poet Sandra Beasley. She is author of a collection which won last year’s Barnard Women Poets Prize. Chosen by judge Joy Harjo, the poems collected in I Was the Jukebox are written by a young if established poet with already impressive credentials, an impressive, sly, funny and playful voice. About her choice of this prizewinning collection Harjo writes “Every object, icon or historical moment has a soul with a voice” and, indeed, the premise of this arrangement of poems suggests speaking, testifying, observing, complaining --- by flowers, sand, mythical creatures, eggplants, pianos, even war...all have their say, beginning with the jukebox itself. Sandra Beasley is the author of a previous collection, Theories of Falling. Her work has appeared widely, and she is completing a memoir, Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, due out in 2011. Watch and listen to Beasley's work on You Tube:

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