Big Deals: Sandra Beasly to Write About Being Allergic to Everything
Sandra Beasly, an editor for The American Scholar and a contributor to the Washington Post, who has "a large range of life-threatening allergies to things such as milk, eggs, soy, etc." has landed a book deal, reports Publisher's Weekly. Says PW:
Crown executive editor Heather Jackson preempted world rights to Sandra Beasley's Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life; Glen Hartley at Writers' Representatives made the sale. In this sometimes humorous memoir, poet and American Scholar editor Beasley will intertwine her personal experience—she is allergic to well over a dozen common foods—with the cultural history of allergy. Beasley, who at one time had a brief stint as a food critic, is the author of the poetry collection Theories of Falling, published by New Issues. Crown's pub date is late 2010.
And look: Sandra Beasly has a blog called Chicks Dig Poetry.
From an interview, we learn that she started her blog "because of 'Sandra Beasley and the Spaz Rats,' my internet doppelganger who is a renowned expert on alternative medicine for rodents... Her name was already all over the web, and I knew unless I actively established my own identity, there were going to be some confused Googlers in the poetry world."
The one who walked me to the library
after our first dinner date. Café Europa
used goat milk in the pita. He’d touched me
with feta on his fingers. I smiled tightly.
He rounded the corner. I called the ambulance.
The same ex who admitted,
when I visited him last week,
I’ve been eating cottage cheese and yogurt
to ensure a G-rated goodbye.