Free and open to the public - book launch of Jan Beatty's latest book: The Switching/Yard, published by the University of Pittsburgh. In her fourth collection Beatty takes us through the ravaged landscape of the American West. In unflinching lines of burning lyric and relentless narrative, she forges the constructed body into movement. What is still stereotyped as the romantic journey-now becomes almost surreal, as these poems snap that vision in half with extended description of ghost explorers.
Jan Beatty hosts and produces Prosody, a public radio show on NPR affiliate WESA-FM featuring national writers. She worked as a welfare caseworker, an abortion counselor, in maximum security prisions, and as a waitress for fifteen years. Currently, Beatty directs the creative writing program at Carlow University, where she teaches in the MFA program. There will be a reception and book signing following the reading.