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Elizabeth "Betsy" Sholl is an American poet and the current poet laureate of Maine. She was appointed by Governor John Baldacci to the position in 2006 and will hold it until 2011.[1] She is the author of seven collections of poetry, most recently, Rough Cradle (Alice James Books, 2009). Her poetry has been published in numerous journals and magazines including Orion Magazine,[2] Field, Triquarterly, The Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review, Ploughshares,[3] and Beloit Poetry Journal. She has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maine Arts Commission.

She was one of the seven founding members of Alice James Books,[4] and teaches at the University of Southern Maine and in the low-residency MFA program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has been a visiting poet at the University of Pittsburgh and at Bucknell University.[5]

She grew up in Brick Town, New Jersey, and has an MFA in poetry writing from Vermont College as well as an M.A. from the University of Rochester and a BA in English Literature from Bucknell University. She lives in Portland, Maine, with her husband.[6] She and her husband, Doug Sholl, moved to Maine in 1983 after stints in Boston and Big Stone Gap, Virginia.[7]


Published Works

Full-length Poetry Collections


  • Greatest Hits 1974 - 2004 (Pudding House Publications, 2004)[8]
  • Coastal Bop (Oyster River Press, 2001)
  • Pick a Card (Coyote/Bark Publication, 1991)


  • Letters to America: Contemporary American Poetry on Race (Wayne State University Press, 1995)
  • The Maine Poets: An Anthology of Verse (Down East Books, 2003)


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