Title

Beth Oast Williams

Poet Information

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About the Poet

Born on August 22, 1964 in Portsmouth, Virginia, Beth Williams began writing poetry in high school and college, graduating from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in 1986. Initially working as a banker and then a librarian, Beth turned to poetry full time in 2017, taking classes locally at the Muse Writers Center and later at Virginia Quarterly Review and Bread Loaf Writers Conferences. Her teachers have included Luisa Igloria, Tim Seibles, Mary Szybist, Sally Keith, Tyler Mills, Tess Taylor and Kim Addonizio.

Her first chapbook, Riding Horses in the Harbor, was published in 2020 by Finishing Line Press. Her poems have appeared in West Texas Literary Review, Wisconsin Review, Glass Mountain, GASHER Journal, Poetry South, Fjords Review and Rattle's Poets Respond, among others and have been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. She lives in Norfolk, Virginia.

Region

Hampton Roads

Virginia City or County Affiliation

Norfolk

Years of Residence in Virginia

57

Current City/State of Residence

Norfolk

Gender

Female

Race/Ethnicity

White

Year of Birth

1964

Keywords/Tags

nature, death, current events

Published Works or Performances

  • Riding Horses in the Harbor. Finishing Line Press, 2020.

Selected Individual Poems or Performances

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