Poet writes about life’s not-so-sweet experiences
LAKE TAHOE ” Poet Jan Beatty is no stranger to college campuses. She has been teaching at universities throughout the East Coast for almost 20 years. Lake Tahoe Community College will welcome her to campus on March 13 as part of its Writers’ Series.
Beatty has been writing since the first grade, has published several books, and her work has earned her awards.
“It was a way to find a world to live in, a world other than the one I was in,” Beatty said of her childhood prose. “My childhood wasn’t terrible, but there was enough going on that I needed to find another place to be, and writing was that place for me.”
Beatty plans to read from her latest book, “Red Sugar,” on March 13.
“In ‘Red Sugar,’ I was trying to get inside the body to talk about the blood that codes us and defines us. Again, there are women speakers talking about the body, the urges that drive us and guide us in survival.”
Beatty said her own body and female writers influence her writing. She hopes that she can inspire others in the way she has been over the years.
“I hope that readers or listeners hear something that moves them, that they can connect to, and if that helps them to write, to remember, to see something, that’s great,” she said. “If they enjoy it, are offended by it, love it, hate it, that’s great too.”
Beatty will speak in the LTCC library at 7 p.m. Friday, March 13. The event is free and open to the public. Lake Tahoe Community College is at 1 College Drive, off Al Tahoe Boulevard, in South Lake Tahoe.