Sandra Beasley is the author of 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 also edited the anthology Vinegar and Char: Verse from the Southern Foodways Alliance. Her memoir, Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, examines life with disability and doubles as a cultural history of food allergy. Honors for Beasley’s work include a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize; distinguished writer residencies at Wichita State University, Cornell College, Lenoir-Rhyne University and the University of Mississippi; four DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowships; and residency stays including the Hermitage Artist Retreat, Jentel Artist Residency and Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She lives in Washington, D.C.