Poet to Serve as Writer in Residence for SCF, Manatee-Sarasota and the Hermitage Retreat

(Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 9, 2017) — Poet Sandra Beasley will serve as the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Annette Dignam Writer in Residence for 2017. The program is a partnership with SCF and the Hermitage Retreat.

The Annette Dignam Hermitage/SCF Residency in Literature was created through an endowed fund set up by Key Agency and the Dignam family of Englewood at the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. The program ensures that a writer of national stature will be awarded a Hermitage residency annually and will present workshops and guest lectures at SCF.

This year’s recipient has written three poetry collections: “Count the Waves,” “I Was the Jukebox” and “Theories of Falling.” She also has written a memoir, “Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl; Tales From an Allergic Life,” winner of the 2015 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and the Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize. She will serve as a guest lecturer at SCF Feb. 20-March 27 and will read from her work at 2 p.m. March 2 in the Selby Room, Building 800 at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail.

For more information, contact Dr. Doug Ford, language and literature department chair, at or 941-408-1501. 

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