Gell Prize 2012 Winner

2012 Gell Poetry Prize Winner Bethany Reid

memay10Bethany Reid For her manuscript Sparrow. Selected by Dorianne Laux.

Bethany will receive a prize of $1000, publication of her book by Big Pencil Press in the fall of 2012, and a two-week residency at the Gell Center of the Finger Lakes.

Bethany Reid is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Washington, where she also earned a doctorate in American literature. She is the author of a poetry chapbook, The Coyotes and My Mom, published by Bellowing Ark Press. Her poem “The Apple Orchard” was the 2011 winner of the Lois Cranston Memorial Prize from Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Calyx, Bellingham Review, Willow Springs, Prairie Schooner, The Sun, Cairn, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Santa Clara Review, Blackbird, Superstition Review, Crab Creek Review, Stringtown, and Crosscurrents. She teaches American Literature and Creative Writing at Everett Community College, and lives near Seattle with her husband and their three daughters. She blogs at

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