Sandra Beasley won the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize for I Was the Jukebox, selected by Joy Harjo. Her first collection, Theories of Falling, won the 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize judged by Marie Howe. Her poetry has appeared in Poetry, Slate, and The Believer, and was chosen for The Best American Poetry 2010. Other honors include the 2010 University of Mississippi Summer Poet in Residence position, a DCCAH Individual Artist Fellowship, the Friends of Literature Prize from the Poetry Foundation, and the Maureen Egen Exchange Award from Poets & Writers. She has received fellowships to the Sewanee Writers' Conference, the Millay Colony, VCCA, and Vermont Studio Center. Beasley lives in Washington, D.C., where she serves on the Board of the Writer's Center. Her nonfiction has been featured in the Washington Post Magazine, and in 2011 she published Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales From an Allergic Life, a memoir and cultural history of food allergies.