Betsy Sholl has published seven collections of poetry,
most recently Rough Cradle (Alice James Books, 2009). Don't
Explain won the 1997 Felix Pollak Prize from the University of Wisconsin,
and her book The Red Line won the 1991 AWP Prize for Poetry. Her
chapbooks include Pick A Card, winner of the Maine Chapbook Competition
in 1991, and Betsy Sholl: Greatest Hits, 1974-2004, Pudding House
Publications. She was a founding member of Alice James Books and
published three collections with them: Changing Faces, Appalachian
Winter and Rooms Overhead. Among her awards are a fellowship from
the National Endowment of the Arts, and two Maine Writer's Fellowships.
Her work has been included in several anthologies, including Letters
to America, Contemporary American Poetry on Race, and a range of
magazines, including Field, Triquarterly, Brilliant Corners, The
Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review, Beloit Poetry Journal. She
has been a visiting poet at the University of Pittsburgh and Bucknell
University. She lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches at the University
of Southern Maine and in the MFA Program of Vermont College.
As of March 1, 2006, Betsy Sholl was chosen to be
the Poet Laureate of Maine, a five-year position named by the governor. "The
Poet Laureate is an honor bestowed upon a person whose work is
recognized and of exceptional quality. For more information about
the Poet Laureate, please visit www.mainearts.com
Writers and Publishers Alliance)."