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Cris Beam Publishes Fourth Book

August 22, 2013

Point Alumna Cris Beam has published her fourth book entitled "To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care."  The book is receiving superb reviews as a well-researched and rigorous examination of our nation’s foster care system.  As a former foster parent, Cris spent five years working on the book and her compassion for everyone involved – foster children, parents, social workers, etc. – is clearly shown on each page.

Beam presents both a sharp critique of foster-care policies and a searching exploration of the meaning of family.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

Check out her website for upcoming readings and interviews that are scheduled to take place in New York and Los Angeles over the next few months.  When Cris let Point know about the book, she said, “Please, if you like the book, or like me, or like the idea of change in child welfare, then blog, tweet, talk, shout and sing about this book! Big love and gratitude and I hope to see all of you in the coming weeks…”

This post was written by Cris Beam
Aug_Beam_photo_color Cris Beam received an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University in 2005, with support from the Point Foundation. Her first book,Transparent: Love, Family and Living the T, was released by Harcourt in 2007 and won a Lambda award and was a Stonewall Honor Book. She now teaches creative writing at Columbia University, Bayview Women's Correctional Facility, and New York University, where she was named professor of the year at the Gallatin School. She is currently working on a novel.  Learn more about Cris.

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