Betsy Sholl has published eight collections of poetry, most recently Otherwise Unseeable (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014), winner of the Four Lakes Prize and the 2015 Maine Book Award for Poetry. Her previous volumes include Rough Cradle (Alice James Books, 2009) and Late Psalm (University of Wisconsin, 2004). Don’t Explain won the 1997 Felix Pollak Prize from the University of Wisconsin, and The Red Line won the 1991 AWP Prize for Poetry. She is a founding member of Alice James Books and published three earlier collections with them. Among her awards are a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts, and two Maine Writer’s Fellowships.
Her work has been published in many anthologies, including Letters to America, Contemporary American Poetry on Race, Best American Poetry, 2009, and Best Spiritual Writing, 2012. She has taught in a range of institutions, including MIT and the University of Southern Maine, as well as conducting poetry workshops in prisons, public schools, and for various community organizations. She currently teaches in the MFA in Writing Program of Vermont College of Fine Arts and served as Poet Laureate of Maine from 2006 to 2011.