Betsy Sholl has published nine books of poetry, most recently House of Sparrows, New and Selected Poems (2019), winner of the Four Lakes Prize from the University of Wisconsin Press. Otherwise Unseeable (University of Wisconsin, 2014), won the 2014 Maine Literary Award for Poetry.

Her other books include Rough Cradle (Alice James, 2009) and Late Psalm (University of Wisconsin, 2004). Don’t Explain won the Felix Pollak Award (University of Wisconsin Press, 1997), and The Red Line won the 1991 AWP Prize for Poetry (University of Pittsburgh, 1992). From 2006 to 2011 she was Poet Laureate of Maine. She has had poems published recently or forthcoming in Brilliant Corners, Field, New Ohio Review, and Image. Also, this past spring she performed some of her jazz poems with musicians Gary Wittner and Jim Cameron. Three earlier collections of poetry came out with Alice James Books, where she was a founding member. A chapbook, Coastal Bop, came out with Oyster River Press in 2001. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, among them FieldImageThe Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review, and The Missouri Review. In 1991 she won the Maine Arts Commission Chapbook Competition. She is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship and two Maine Artists Fellowships. She has taught in the Writing Program at MIT and until recently taught at the University of Southern Maine.


MFA - Writing | Vermont College

MA - English Literature | University of Rochester

BA - English Literature | Bucknell

Selected work

Tomás Q. Morín

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]

Samuel Kọ́láwọlé

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]

Leslie Ullman

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]

Nance Van Winckel

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction/poetry]

Gabino Iglesias

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction/CNF]

SJ Sindu

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction/CNF/hybrid forms]