Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Tara Betts

Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Writing for Social Change

Office Location

Stonecoast MFA Office - 98 Bedford Street, Portland, ME 04102


Stonecoast MFA Office: 207-780-4423

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. in English, Binghamton University
  • MFA in Creative Writing, New England College
  • B.A. in Communication, Loyola University Chicago


Tara Betts is the author of Break the Habit, Arc & Hue, and the forthcoming Refuse to Disappear. She's a co-editor of The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives about Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century and editor of the critical edition of Philippa Duke Schuyler's memoir Adventures in Black and White. In addition to her work as a teaching artist and mentor for young poets, she's taught at Rutgers University, University of Illinois-Chicago, and Chicago State University's MFA Program.

Areas of Scholarship

Poetry, Writing Pedagogy, African American Literature, Hip Hop, Nonfiction, Women's Studies, Sound Studies

Recent Publications

Editor of Adventures in Black and White by Philippa Duke Schuyler (2Leaf Press/University of Chicago Press, 2018)

Co-editor of The Beiging of America: Personal Essays About Being Mixed Race in the 21stCentury (2Leaf Press/University of Chicago Press, 2017)

Break the Habit (Trio House Press, 2016)

Arc & Hue (Willow Books, 2009)

Recent publications also include: Ghost-Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (University of Georgia Press, 2018), Visiting Bob: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Bob Dylan (New Rivers Press, 2018), Renga for Obama (Harvard Review, 2017), The Lauryn Hill Reader (Peter Lang, 2018), River Styx, African American Review.


Most recently, I've presented at University of North Alabama, Chicago State University's Gwendolyn Brooks Conference, and Lewis University. I will be writing the Illinois Bicentennial poem celebrating the state's 200th year sponsored by Illinois Humanities. I've been on panels at numerous conferences such as AWP and MLA, but I've also been featured at the Dodge Poetry Festival.

Creative Activity

I've recently completed a third poetry collection titled REFUSE TO DISAPPEAR. I'm also working on a number of scholarly and creative essays for publications. At times, I feel that there is an overlap between the creative and the scholarly in my writing because I want it to be accessible to a variety of readers.