served as the Maine Poet Laureate from 2006 to 2011. She has published eight collections of poetry, most recently Otherwise Unseeable
(University of Wisconsin Press, 2014), which won the Maine Literary Award for Poetry. Her 1997 collection 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 (selected by Donald Hall), 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, Rooms Overhead
, and Rough Cradle.
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
, and Beloit Poetry Journal
. She has been a visiting poet at the University of Pittsburgh and Bucknell University. She lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches in the MFA Program of Vermont College.