The orange is a sweet fruit. It grows on a tree. Kiddo, tell me more — how our lives recede into other people’s stories, how the worm crawls through the apple, how glass becomes a staple in countries without laughter. Stories. If you’ve other things to tell me, I’m telling you: don’t bother. If you’ve got a bridge to sell me, let me sell you the water. This river is no better than your multiple dead letters, than a blank cartouche. What’s living here’s not hatred, nor is it any cause for worry. But if I see your face again, I can’t say we won’t be sorry.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., October 6, 2011 — Indian Springs School (ISS) will host poet and nonfiction writer Sandra Beasley in its first installment of the ISS Visiting Writers Series on Monday, October 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the school’s Library Reading Room.
Beasley will be reading from her two prize-winning books of poetry, I Was the Jukebox and Theories of Falling, as well as her memoir Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, which offers a cultural history of food allergies in American society. The event will also include a book signing and question-and-answer session.
Beasley has been featured on NPR’s “The Diane Rehm Show,” and her works have appeared in a variety of publications including the Washington Post Magazine, POETRY, Gulf Coast, The Believer, Slate, Barrelhouse, and Black Warrior Review. She lives in Washington D.C., where she earned her MFA at American University and worked for several years as an editor for The American Scholar.
Started this fall under the direction of ISS English Teacher Douglas Ray and Librarian Jessica Smith, the ISS Visiting Writers Series gives Springs students and members of the community the opportunity to hear new poetry, fiction and nonfiction from established and up-and-coming writers, who will also be visiting ISS classes in conjunction with their visit.
Upcoming installments of the series will be held November 7, when poets Shanna Compton, Maureen Thorson and Anne Boyer will be featured, and November 21, when ISS alumna, fiction writer and songwriter Laura Thomas will visit. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org or Smith at email@example.com.
Indian Springs School is a national leader in coed boarding and day education in grades 8-12, located 16 miles from downtown Birmingham. Founded in 1952, the mission of the school is to develop in students a love of learning, a sense of integrity and moral courage, and an ethic of participatory citizenship. For more information, visit www.indiansprings.org.