Bethany A. Reid

Poet, Writer, Writing Instructor

bethany.alchemy@gmail.com

PhD in American Literature, December 1995; MFA in Poetry, June, 1991. University of Washington.

SELECTED AWARDS

Poet Hunt Contest (The MacGuffin, 2017) for “The Last Time I Heard Her Play the Piano,” selected by Naomi Shihab Nye.

Kenneth and Geraldine Gell Poetry Prize (Writers & Books, 2012) for Sparrow, selected by Dorianne Laux.

Lois Cranston Memorial Prize (Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, 2011) for “The Orchard.”

PUBLICATIONS

Books

“The Thing with Feathers,” poetry chapbook, in Triple No. 10 (Edmonds, Ravenna Press, 2020), pp. 25-48.

You Are Very Upset: Lessons Learned about Parenting, Teaching, Writing, Laundry, and Life, creative nonfiction (DLG Publishing Partners, 2020).

Body My House, poems (Seattle: Goldfish Press, 2018).

Sparrow, poems (Rochester: Big Pencil Press, 2012).

With Thomas M. Gaskin, Everett and Snohomish County: A Community of New Ideas (Kirkland, Washington: Wyndham Publications, 2005).

Be Careful,  poetry chapbook (Bellingham: Chuckanut Sandstone Press, 2005).

Choosing Illegitimacy: American Writers and the Trope of the Female Bastard, doctoral dissertation (University of Washington, December, 1995).

Calling a Daughter: Poems, Masters Thesis (University of Washington, 1990).

The Coyotes and My Mom, poems (Seattle: Bellowing Ark Press, 1990).

Book Reviews

Review of Hold Fast: Poems by Holly Hughes, Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature for Women. (forthcoming).

“Two Offerings from Empty Bowl Press,” Review of The Blossoms Are Ghosts at the Wedding, by Tom Jay, and Hold Fast: Poems, by Holly J. Hughes, Escape into Life (EIL), Fall 2020,  https://www.escapeintolife.com/poetry/two-offerings-from-empty-bowl-press/.

Review of She Wields a Pen: American Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century, edited by Janet Gray (Iowa City: U. of Iowa P, 1997), American Notes & Queries (ANQ) 12.4 (Fall 1999), pp. 47-50.

“Sonic Grace and a Glitter of Syllables: Chapbooks by Tenenbaum and Aliesan,” wordscape 3.3 (March 1999), p. 5.

“Belle Randall’s Poetry Noir,” wordscape 2.9 (September 1998), p. 11.

Essays

“Doll Stories,” The Helix Literary Magazine, March 2021, https://helixmagazine.org/2021/03/02/doll-eyes-six-family-stories-bethany-reid/.

Introduction to Our Deepest Calling: A Decade of Writing in Community, 2010-2020 (2020), pp. iii-iv.

“One Bad Poem,” So, Dear Writer…: An It’s About Time Writers’ Reading Series Anthology (Cave Moon Press, 2019), pp. 100-105.

“Long, Priscilla (b. 1943).” HistoryLink.org (Sept. 30, 2019). https://www.historylink.org/File/20845.

Introduction to Peace Poems, Volume 2 (2017).

“McElroy, Colleen J. (b. 1933).” HistoryLink.org (Dec. 14, 2012). https://www.historylink.org/File/10232.

“Narrative of the Captivity and Redemption of Roger Prynne: Rereading The Scarlet Letter,” reprinted in the Norton Critical Edition of The Scarlet Letter (2005), pp. 558-576.

“Narrative of the Captivity and Redemption of Roger Prynne: Rereading The Scarlet Letter,” Studies in the Novel XXXIII.3 (Fall 2001), pp. 247-267.

“Unfit for Light: Anne Bradstreet’s Monstrous Birth” Early American Literature LXXI.4 (December 1998), pp. 517-542.

“Our Journey to Open Adoption,” Roots & Wings 8.1 (Summer 1996), pp. 40-41.

“Your Multiple-Birth Language Guide: One Family’s Language-Learning Adventures,” Twins 11.6 (May/June 1995) pp. 37, 39-40.

“Preface to a Larger Work,” Bellowing Ark 4.5 (September/October 1988), p. 9.

Stories

“March,” Lunch Ticket (forthcoming).

“Abednego Thornes,” Passengers Journal 2:4 (April 2021), https://www.passengersjournal.com/volume-2-issue-4-prose/#reid.

“Corinne, in Floodtime,” Fresh Ink (Dec. 2020), https://fresh.ink/magazine/8308.

Poems

“Last Lament for 2020,” “How It Falls,” The Madrona Project vol 2 (forthcoming).

“This Perusal of Light,” “What You Do with the Light,” Solstice Poems (forthcoming).

“Irish Cows,” Clementine Unbound (30 March 2021), https://clementineunbound.wordpress.com/2021/03/30/bethany-reid-irish-cows/.

“The Lesson,” Soundings East v. 42 (Spring 2021) (forthcoming).

“Even in Winter, You Must Marry It,” Cordella, Field Notes (forthcoming).

“A Mask of Water,” NVQ [Not Very Quiet] Issue 8 (March, 2021), https://not-very-quiet.com/issue-8-march-2021/.

“Moving the Piano,” Third Wednesday Magazine: a Quarterly Review of Literary and Visual Arts, Spring 2021, https://thirdwednesdaymagazine.org.

“After the Insurrection, You Make a Phone Call,” The Rising Phoenix Review (March 1, 2021), https://therisingphoenixreview.com/2021/03/01/after-the-insurrection-you-make-a-phone-call-by-bethany-reid/.

“Inside a Long Marriage,” The Bookends Review (Feb. 12, 2021), http://thebookendsreview.com/2021/02/12/inside-a-long-marriage/.

“Out of the Furnace,” Boxcar Poetry Review (Issue 41, 2021), http://boxcarpoetry.com/main.html.

“Inside a Long Marriage,” The Bookends Review (Feb. 12, 2021), http://thebookendsreview.com/2021/02/12/inside-a-long-marriage/.

“Because Memory Is Not Linear,” Plainsongs (Winter 2021), p. 65.

“Comparing a Map of Wildfires in Washington State to an Image of My Father’s Brain,” Constellations 10 (Fall 2020), p. 17.

“Undone,” “Making a Bed,” “Three Women Camping with Children,” “A Rope Swing, in Winter,” “The Madronas,” “Walking Big Gulch Trail,” “The Ruins of It,” Our Deepest Calling: A Decade of Writing in Community, 2010-2020 (anthology, 2020), pp. 35-42.

“Years Before Her Death,” “The Grief Eaters,” “The Crossing,” Chrysanthemum 2020 Literary Anthology (Goldfish Press, 2020), pp. 147-150.

“Bereft, Singing,” For the Love of Orcas (anthology, Eastsound: Wandering Aengus Press, 2019), p. 113.

“Her Drowned Memories,” “When to Say Goodbye,” Stringtown 14 (2019), pp. 36-37.

“The Muse When It Is New,” “English Café,” “Where It Might Lead You,” “When Old Poems Attract Squatters,” Footbridge Above the Falls (anthology, Rose Alley Press, Seattle WA, 2019), pp. 170-173.

“The Last Time I Heard Her Play the Piano,” The MacGuffin Vol. XXXIV, No. 1 (Winter 2018), p. 104.

“All Things Done in the Body,” Passager 64 (Winter 2018), pp. 60-61.

“And then Amethyst, Emerald,” Creative Colloquy: A Literary Site (January 15, 2018) https://creativecolloquy.com/and-then-amethyst-emerald-by-bethany-reid/.

“You Cannot Fold a Flood,” Bird’s Thumb 5.2 (2018), http://birdsthumb.org/february-2016/2016/1/14/spotted-towhee-1.

“What’s Carried Away,” Pilgrimage 41.2 (2018), pp. 27-28.

“The Muse,” 56 Days of August (anthology, Five Oaks Press, 2017), p. 87.

“Sprung,” “My Father, Growing Wings,” “The Kingdom of Heaven,” “What I Need Now,” Five Willows (2017) https://fivewillowspoetry.blogspot.com/2017/09/?m=0.

“Before He Died, Your Brother,” ONE No. 16 (September 2017) http://one.jacarpress.com/issue- 13/.

“Ignis Fatuus,” “A Rope Swing in Winter,” New Madrid (Summer 2017), p. 166-117.

“Emily’s Wedding,” Voices Project (July 3, 2017), http://www.thevoicesproject.org/poetry-library/emilys-wedding-by-bethany-reid.

“Unripened,” Windfall: A Journal of Poetry of Place (Spring 2017), pp. 21-22.

“Caught,” GFT (Ground Fresh Tuesday) Presents: One in Four 2.1 (Spring 2017), p. 17.

“Once Upon a Time” and “Be Saved until Morning,” Cheat River Review (Spring 2017).

“His Neck Slashed,” One Sentence Poems (April 2017) http://www.onesentencepoems.com/osp/?p=3450.

“Immensity,” “What World, in Our Becoming,” Peace Poems 2 (March 2017), pp. 13-14.

“Obituary,” Right Hand Pointing (2017), https://www.righthandpointing.net/109b.

“Insomnia,” “On the Earth of my Childhood,” and “Her Life in Flashback,” all roads will lead you home (2017), https://vacpoetry.org/journal/bethany-reid/.

“Let It Come More Easily Than That,” West Texas Literary Review Issue 3 (2017), http://www.westtexasreview.com/2017/3/let-it-come-more-easily.php.

“Marrying the Villain” Cumberland River Review 7.2 (2017), http://crr.trevecca.edu/article/marrying-the-villain.

“When He Thought of Peace,” Peace Arts: Poems on Peace and Justice Vol. 1 (2016), p. 10.

“The Report Card,” “Making a Bed,” EIL (Mother’s Day 2016) http://www.escapeintolife.com/ poetry/mothers-day-2016/.

“If I’m Not,” Silver Birch (Sept. 30, 2016), https://silverbirchpress.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/if-im-not-poem-by-bethany-reid-if-i-poetry-and-prose-series/.

“Metamorphosis,” Gravel (Dec. 2016), https://www.gravelmag.com/bethany-reid.html.

“The Temperature at which Paper Burns,” Clementine Unbound (Dec. 2016), https://clementineunbound.wordpress.com/2016/12/01/bethany-reid-temperature-paper-burns/.

“Into the Ice,” Poetry Northwest (Winter & Spring 2016), p. 15.

“Thirteen,” All We Can Hold: Poems of Motherhood (anthology, Sage Hill Press, 2016), p. 155.

“Rainier,” First Class Lit (April 8, 2016), https://firstclasslit.wordpress.com/2016/04/08/rainier-by-bethany-reid/.

“Spotted Towhee” and “She Broke into a Run,” Bird’s Thumb (Feb. 2016), http://birdsthumb.org/february-2016/2016/1/14/spotted-towhee-1.

“What Saves Us,” Josephine Quarterly (Fall 2015) https://www.josephinequarterly.com/bethany-reid.

“Her Dream of Winter,” “Where She Lies Down,” Santa Clara Review 103.1 (Fall 2015), pp. 50, 52.

“Afterwards” and “Heart’s Fed Up,” Twisted Vine. (Fall 2015), pp. 115-116.

“In Her Dream of Winter,” “Where She Lies Down, Santa Clara Review 103.1 (Fall 2015), pp. 50, 52.

“Having Consulted a Thesaurus,” Postcard Poems & Prose Magazine (May 2015) https://postcardpoemsandprose.wordpress.com/2017/05/12/having-consulted-a-thesaurus-by-bethany-reid/

“On the All-Gospel Channel,” in Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (anthology, New York: NYQ Books, 2015), p. 245.

“Flesh,” Floating Bridge Review 7 (2014), p. 134.

“With Emily Dickinson at the Wedding,” “I Heard a Buzz,” Crosscurrents (2013), pp. 16, 81.

“Vows,” Barrow Street (Winter 2012/13), p. 77.

“What the Maple Knows,” “The Tablet of the Heart,” 2012 Meditations for Lent (St. James Presbyterian Church, Bellingham), pp. 29, 42.

“I Could Love You That Way,” EIL “Semantics,” Floating Bridge Review 5 (2012), p. 151.

“The Apple Orchard.” Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women 27.1 (Winter 2012), p. 8.

“What Broke Loose,” Crab Creek Review Vol. 1 (2011), p. 77.

“Dear Occupant,” The Alembic (2011), p. 154.

“Burning for You,” Floating Bridge Review No. 4 (2011), p. 158.

“Emma Bovary at Poolside,” Pacific View XI.1 (Fall 2011), p. 5.

“Seventy-Eight,” “Innocence,” Clackamas Literary Review Vol. XV (2011), pp. 150-153.

“Holy, Holy,” “After Her Diagnosis,” 2011 Meditations for Lent (St. James Presbyterian Church).

“Woman in a Red Dress,” Phrasings in Word and Dance (2011).

“I’m Your Girl,” The Comstock Review 24.2 (Fall 2010/Winter 2011), p. 55.

“The Heart in Eden,” “When You Say,” “Intelligent Design,” “Fabled,” Superstition Review No. 6 (Fall 2010) https://superstitionreview.asu.edu/issue6/poetry/bethanyreid.

“Sparrow,” The Sun 409 (January 2010), p. 29.

“Five Views of the Heart,” 2010 Lenten Meditations (St. James Presbyterian Church, Bellingham), p. 21.

“Twins, at Twelve,” “Flesh,” Timber Creek Review 15.2 (Winter 2010), pp. 10, 71.

“Two Trees,” Signs of Life (2010), p. 2.

“Folded,” Phrasings in Word and Dance (2010), p. 16.

“Her Tendrilled Heart,” Floating Bridge Review 3 (2010), p. 148.

“The Conservation of Matter,” Blackbird, 9.1 (Spring 2010) https://blackbird.vcu.edu/v9n1/poetry/reid_b/memory_page.shtml.

“Snow in April,” Crab Creek Review (Fall/Winter 2009), p. 61.

“Be Careful,” “The Body in Heaven,” Calyx: a Journal of Art and Literature by Women 25.1 (Winter 2009), p. 111-113.

“Late March,” Pearl 41 (Fall/Winter 2009), p. 63.

“If Plot Is What Happens,” Cider Press Review Vol. 10 (2009), p. 69.

“Summer Solstice,” “His Ghost,” “How Stories Go,” “The Dream of Having Children,” Stringtown 11 (2009), pp. 1, 13, 32, 34.

“You Know Where to Find Me,” Phrasings in Word and Dance (2009), p. 18.

“Seven Questions about Salt,” Meditations for Lent 2009 (St. James Presbyterian Church).

“That Long Spring,” “To Begin,” Santa Clara Review 96.1 (Fall/Winter 2009), pp. 24, 59.

“Hopefully,” Floating Bridge Review 2 (2009), p. 105.

“What Didn’t Happen,” “Then,” “The Horse,” Cadence of Hooves: a Celebration of Horses (anthology ed. by Suzan Jantz, Yarroway Mountain Press, 2008), pp. 89, 177, 195.

“Semantics,” “A Habit of Grief,” Hayden’s Ferry Review 42 (Spring/Summer 2008), pp. 22-23.

“Love, Love,” Broken Bridge Review 3 (2008), p. 195.

“Not the heart, but maybe,” “Batter my heart, three-personed God—,” Cairn: The St. Andrews Review 43 (2008), pp. 10-11.

“Contract,” “Orchard,” Pontoon 10 (2008), pp. 91, 174.

“Targets,” Crosscurrents (2008), p. 67.

“Blessing the Hands that Prepared It,” Meditations for Lent 2008, n.p.

“The Farrier,” Mare Nostrum vols. V & VI (June 2006-May 2008), p. 39.

“Semantics,” Cascade: Journal of the Washington Poets Association 1 (2007), p. 12.

“Rapture,” “Hospital Corners,” Bellingham Review XXX.1 & 2 (Spring/Fall 2007), pp. 74-76.

“The Pirate’s Wedding,” Santa Clara Review Vol. 94, No. 2 (Spring/Summer 2007), p. 114.

“Then,” “Invitation,” Crosscurrents (2006), pp. 11-12.

“Living in Books,” “The First Temptation,” “Tree Frog,” “Imagining Heaven,” Stringtown 9 (2006), pp. 9, 25, 27, 58.

“What Beauty Does,” Meditations for Lent 2006, p. 44.

“Pond Girl,” Santa Clara Review 93.1 (Fall/Winter 2005-06), p. 47.

“If my heart skips one beat,” “Matroushka,” Pontoon 8 (2005), p.100-102.

“Matroushka,” North Dakota Quarterly 72.4 (Fall 2005), p. 147-147.

“Sacrament,” Meditations for the Lenten Season (St. James Presbyterian Church, 2005), p. 46.

“Heart Transplants,” Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women 22.2 (Winter 2005), p. 79.

“Contract,” “Measurement,” Pontoon: An Anthology of Washington State Poets 7 (2004), pp. 85-87.

“Her Revenge,” Pontoon 6 (2003), p. 69.

“Three Women Camping,” Terra Incognita 3 (2002-2003), p. 73.

“The Horse,” Prairie Schooner Vol. 76, no. 3 (Fall 2002), pp. 167-168.

“Dream Farm, Dream Sea,” “Oh, Jesus,” “Canning Tuna,” Santa Clara Review 89.1 (Fall/Winter 2001-2002), pp. 22-25.

“Dead Hookers,” “Wood Song,” Crosscurrents (2001), pp. 27, 58-59.

“The Woman Planting Sweet Potatoes,” Calyx, A Journal of Art and Literature for Women 14.3 (Winter 1998-99), pp. 92-93.

“Estuary,” Between the Lines (1998), p. 37.

“Biology,” Crosscurrents (1998), pp. 16-17.

“Pony-Paks, 69 Cents,” “Blackberries,” Between the Lines: Pasticcio (Edmonds Community College, 1997), pp. 95, 110-111.

“My Mother Hanging Clothes to Dry,” Calyx, A Journal of Art and Literature for Women 15.3 (Winter 1994/95), pp. 48-49.

“To Carry On,” “Spell,” “At the Family Cemetery,” Calyx, A Journal of Art and Literature for Women 14.3 (Summer 1993), pp.46-51.

“Thread,” Santa Clara Review 30.1 (Fall 1992), p. 11.

“Stepping Through the Dark,” The MacGuffin (University of Michigan) 9.1 (Spring 1992), pp. 98-100.

“Calling a Daughter,” Jeopardy (Western Washington University) 28 (Spring 1992), p.30-31.

“Measurement,” The Bellingham Review 14.1 (Spring 1991).

“Apocalypse Approaching,” Bellowing Ark 7.1 (January/February 1991), p. 4.

“The Sojourner: I,” “The Sojourner: II,” Chambered Nautilus 2.1 (February 1991).

“A Bestiary of the Body,” Spindrift (Shoreline Community College) 29 (1991), p. 53.

“Apocalypse Approaching,” Moose Tracks (anthology, Bellowing Ark Press, Seattle, 1990), pp. 37-38.

“The Sorrel Mare,” Bellowing Ark 6.2 (March/April 1990), pp. 6-11.

“Dinner in the Country,” Exhibition (Bainbridge Island Arts Council) 6.3 (Winter 1990), p. 30.

“Contemplation on the 20th Anniversary of the Moonshot; July 20, 1989,” Bellowing Ark 6.1 (January/February 1990), p. 9.

“Letter to Ellen,” Room of One’s Own 13.3 (March 1990), pp. 25-29.

“My Father Building Fence,” Seattle Review (University of Washington) 12.1 (Spring/Summer 1989), p. 59-60.

“Chambers of the Heart,” “Beneath the Stream,” “Dianne’s Map,” “Clam Tide,” Bellowing Ark 5.2 (Mar/Apr 1989).

“Small Adventures,” Northwest Ferry Tales (anthology, ed. Joyce Delbridge, Vashon Point Productions, 1989), pp. 56-57.

“Fanny’s Flight,” The Fiddlehead (University of New Brunswick) 158 (Winter 1988), pp. 68-71.

“Canning Tomatoes,” Spindrift (Shoreline Community College) 26 (1988), p. 109.

“Eric’s Deer,” The Duckabush Journal (Fall 1988), pp. 15-17.

“Violets; Dream Horses,” Bellowing Ark 4.4 (July/August 1988), p. 10.

“Diane,” Quaint Canoe 1.3 (n.d.).

“What the Bees Said,” “Siblings, Strangers,” Bellowing Ark 3.3 (May/June 1987).

“The Hayrake,” Bellowing Ark 3.2 (March/April 1987), p. 7.

“Antigone Speaks,” The Written Arts (King County Arts Commission, award and publication, 1987), p. 38.

“The Coyotes and My Mom,” Bellowing Ark 2.5 (Sept/Oct 1986).

“Aschenputtel’s Dress,” Bellowing Ark 2.4 (July/Aug 1986).

Blogs, and Guest Blogposts

“A Few Words about Revising Poems.” The Poetry Department…AKA The Boynton Blog (May 13, 2017) https://thepoetrydepartment.wordpress.com/2017/05/13/a-few-words-about-revising-poems/.

“Writing as a Small, Sturdy Boat.” Writer Unboxed (May 1, 2016) https://writerunboxed.com/2016/05/01/writing-as-a-small-sturdy-boat/.

“The Writing Assignment.” Superstition Review (June 8, 2013) https://blog.superstitionreview.asu.edu/2013/06/08/guest-blog-post-bethany-reid-the-writing-assignment/.

A Habit of Writing, https://www.bethanyareid.com (since 2012).

One Bad Poem, http://awritersalchemy.blogspot.com (since 2009).

TEACHING AND RELATED EXPERIENCE

The Writing Lab, originally a Teaching & Learning Cooperative seminar under the aegis of Everett Community College, Facilitator, 2010-2020.

Everett Community College, English Faculty, 1997-2018.

Edmonds Community College, Adjunct Instructor, 1996-1997.

University of Washington, Acting Instructor, 1996-1997.

Seattle Pacific University, Adjunct Instructor, Summer 1996.

Seattle Pacific University, Pew Charitable Trusts Grant for Preparing Future Faculty, Fellow, Spring 1995.

University of Washington, Graduate Teaching Assistant, 1989-1995.

Edmonds Community College, Disabled Student Services, Academic Tutor, 1987-1988.

Language Center of the Pacific for International Studies, Student Advisor and Administrative Assistant, 1987.

Human Resources, Assistant to the Director, Newsletter Editor, VIP’s Restaurants, Salem, OR, 1979-1983.

AWARDS

Poet Hunt Contest (The MacGuffin, 2017) for “The Last Time I Heard Her Play the Piano,” selected by Naomi Shihab Nye.

Margarita Donnelly Prize (Calyx, 2017) runner-up, for “Corinne, in Floodtime” (short story).

PNWA Mainstream Novel, 2nd place, for Pearl’s Alchemy (2014).

PNWA Short Story, 2nd place, for “March” (2014).

Kenneth and Geraldine Gell Poetry Prize (2012) for Sparrow, selected by Dorianne Laux.

Lois Cranston Memorial Prize, Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women (2011) for “The Orchard.”

William Stafford Poetry Award, Second Place (2007) for “Semantics.”

Exceptional Faculty Award (Everett Community College, 2005).

Floating Bridge Press Poetry Chapbook Award, runner up (2005) for Body My House.

Jeanne Lohmann Prize (Olympia Poetry Network, 2001) co-winner for “Such Good Work.”

The Written Arts (1987) for “Antigone Speaks.”