Dr. Jane Beal is the author of The Poetry Place. She was born and raised in Northern California. She received her BA (Sonoma State University), MA (Sonoma State University), and PhD (UC Davis) in English literature with specializations in medieval literature, classical mythology, and the literature of the Bible. She has enjoyed being a carpenter’s assistant, optician, and childbirth doula as well as professor and poet. She taught in the English Department of Wheaton College in Illinois for five years before joining Colorado Christian University to teach creative writing. She lives in Lakewood in the big-sky-mile-high-beautiful country near Denver, CO.
Jane writes poetry, fiction, young adult fantasy, creative non-fiction and literary criticism. Her work appears in The Avocet Review, BirthWorks, The Illinois Audobon Society Magazine, Main Street Rag, Midwifery Today, Nota Bene, The Oklahoma Review, Orbit du Novo, The Penwood Review, A Prairie Journal, The Pub, Qasida, Ruminate, shufPoetry, Squat: A Birth Journal, and anthologies such as Closer to God, Call: A Celebration of Black Literature and The Live Poets of Alexandria Anthology. Her academic articles appear in Studies in Philology, Quidditas: The Journal of the Rocky Mountain Medieval Association, and The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature.
She is the author of more than a dozen poetry collections. These include SANCTUARY (Finishing Line Press, 2008) and books published by Lulu Press, MADE IN THE IMAGE, TIDEPOOLS, LOVE-SONG, BUTTERFLIES, EPIPHANY: BIRTH POEMS, A PURE HEART, SUNFLOWER SONGS and THE ROOTS OF APPLES as well as her Birdwatcher’s Trilogy, THE BIRD-WATCHER’S DIARY ENTRIES, WILD BIRDSONG and JAZZ BIRDING. She has also recorded SONGS FROM THE SECRET LIFE, a CD of her poems read aloud, and is currently working on a new CD, THE JAZZ BIRD, with her brother, saxophonist and composer, Andrew Beal.
Her works of fantasy for young adult readers include MAGICAL POEMS FOR GIRLS, MAGICAL POEMS ILLUSTRATED, and EIGHT STORIES FROM UNDISCOVERED COUNTRIES. Her writing also includes literary criticism: JOHN TREVISA AND THE ENGLISH POLYCHRONICON (ACMRS and Brepols, 2012), TRANSLATING THE PAST: ESSAYS ON MEDIEVAL LITERATURE (ACMRS, 2012) and ILLUMINATING MOSES: A HISTORY OF RECEPTION FROM EXODUS TO THE RENAISSANCE (Brill, forthcoming in 2013).
Jane values a well-balanced life that includes times of rest and renewal. She loves spending time with her families, friends, and seven godchildren as well as her beloved, miniature dachshund, Joyful. She travels around the world, and she enjoys reading, writing, walking, dancing, cycling, swimming, bird-watching, singing, and playing music, especially the flute, everywhere she goes.
To learn more about Jane and her writing, visit her homepage: sanctuarypoet.net.
Bird-watchers and poetry lovers, check out: birdwatchersdiary.wordpress.com.
“I must have poetry in my life!”
~Gwenyth Paltrow playing in “Shakespeare in Love”
p.s. Want to see an animoto slideshow of Jane? Check out: “Working Writer 2008-2009″!
or an ImageLoop slideshow? Jane … around the world?
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