The Word Works, Poet Lore, and The Writer’s Center present Café Muse, featuring Sandra Beasley and Maurice Manning. The chatroom opens at 7pm and features Classical guitar, played by Michael C. Davis and set to a photo slideshow. Registration is free but required to get the Zoom link. To do so go to Café Muse »
Sandra Beasley is the author of Made to Explode, Count the Waves; I Was the Jukebox, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; and Theories of Falling, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize. She edited the anthology Vinegar and Char: Verse from the Southern Foodways Alliance. She is also the author of Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a memoir of living with disability and a cultural history of food allergy. Her prose has appeared in such venues as the New York Times, The Washington Post, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Oxford American. Honors for Beasley’s work include a 2015 National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowship; the Munster Literature Centre’s John Montague International Poetry Fellowship; the Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize; distinguished writer residencies at Wichita State University, Cornell College, Lenoir-Rhyne University, and the University of Mississippi; and five DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowships. Beasley periodically teaches at American University, where she received her MFA in 2004. She also serves on faculty for as community institutions such as 24 Pearl Street, The Writer’s Center, and Politics and Prose. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, visual artist Champneys Taylor.
Maurice Manning has published seven books of poetry, most recently, Railsplitter. His first book, Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions, was selected by W.S. Merwin for the Yale Series of Younger Poets and published in 2001. His fifth collection, The Common Man, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2011. He teaches at Transylvania University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He is also a regular member of the faculty for the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He lives with his family on a small farm in Kentucky.