Jan Beatty’s fifth book, Jackknife: New and Selected Poems, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2017 and won the 2018 Paterson Poetry Prize. Her last book, The Switching/Yard, was named by Library Journal as one of ...30 New Books That Will Help You Rediscover Poetry. The Huffington Post called her one of ten “advanced women poets for required reading.” Books include Red Sugar, Boneshaker, and Mad River, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, published by University of Pittsburgh Press. Awards include the $15,000 Creative Achievement Award in Literature from the Heinz Foundation, a $10,000 Artists Grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation, Discovery/ The Nation Prize finalist, the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, and two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Beatty's work has been published in Poetry and Best American Poetry, and she was featured at the Split This Rock Poetry Festival and the Geraldine R. Dodge Festival. For twenty-five years, Beatty hosted and produced Prosody, a public radio show on NPR affiliate WESA-FM featuring national writers. She worked as a welfare caseworker, in maximum-security prisons, and as a waitress for fifteen years. She directs the creative writing program at Carlow University, where she runs the Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops.    


The Switching/Yard, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013.
Red Sugar, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008.
Boneshaker, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002.
Mad River, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1995, Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for Poetry.
Ravage, Lefty Blondie Press, 2012, chapbook.
Ravenous, State Street Press, 1995, chapbook.


Quarterly West, Indiana Review, TriQuarterly, Gulf Coast, Court Green, Third Coast, Willow Springs, others.
Place: Putting Your Finger On It, essay in anthology: The Working Poet: 75 Writing Exercises and a Poetry Anthology, Edited by Scott Minar, Autumn House Press, 2010.
Finding Red Sugar, essay in anthology: Making Poems: 40 Poems with Commentary by the Poets, State University of New York Press, 2009.
American Life in Poetry, Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s weekly column, 2006.
Writer’s Almanac, National Public Radio performed by Garrison Keilor, March 15, 2006.
Ghost Story, essay in Creative Non-Fiction, 2000.
My Pittsburgh, introductory essay to Pittsburgh Revealed, Photographs Since 1850, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997, accompanying book to Carnegie Museum exhibit.


L.A. Times Book Festival; Geraldine R. Dodge Festival, Waterloo, New Jersey; Split This Rock Poetry Festival, Washington, D.C.; Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York; Columbia College, Chicago; SUNY Binghamton, New York; St. Mark’s Theater, New York City; KGB Bar, New York City; Writers Out Loud, New York City; University of the Pacific, Stockton, California; the Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh; Clark College, Mountain Writers Series, Vancouver, Washington; Florida International University, Miami; Elliott Bay Books in Seattle; University of Vermont, Burlington; Paradise Valley College, Phoenix, Arizona; Cody’s Bookstore, Berkeley, California; Fresno State University, Fresno, California; Tebot Bach Reading Series, Orange, California.

Research Interests


Host and Producer of Prosody, WYEP-FM, Public radio show, NPR affiliate, interviewing national and international writers, 1994—present. 

Judge, 2011 Public Poetry Project, Pennsylvania Center for the Book.    Judge, 2010 Split This Rock Poetry Contest.  

Judge, 2009 Liam Rector Book Prize.

Juror, Ragdale artist residency, Chicago, 2007, 2006.

Screener, Wick Poetry Prize, Kent State University Press, 2004.