Betsy Sholl
Rough Cradle by Maine poet Betsy Sholl

Betsy Sholl

Betsy Sholl served as Poet Laureate of Maine from 2006 to 2011. She is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Otherwise Unseeable (University of Wisconsin Press), Rough Cradle (Alice James Books), Late Psalm, Don’t Explain, and The Red Line. Her awards include the AWP Prize for Poetry, the Felix Pollak Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and two Maine Individual Artists Grants. She’s been a visiting poet at the University of Pittsburgh and Bucknell University. Recent poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Image, Field, Brilliant Corners, The Massachusetts Review, Best American Poetry 2009, Best Spiritual Writing 2012. She has taught in a variety of places from Massachusetts Institute of Technology to elementary schools and prisons. She currently teaches at the University of Southern Maine and in the MFA Program of Vermont College of Fine Arts, and volunteers at Preble Street Soup Kitchen.