Beth Gylys

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Beth Gylys
Born Beth Ann Gylys
Passaic, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Poet, Professor of English and Creative Writing
Nationality American
Alma mater Alleghany College, BA
Syracuse University, MA
University of Cincinnati, PhD
Spouse Thomas Forsthoefel

Beth Ann Gylys[1] (born 1964 Passaic, New Jersey) is a poet and professor of English and Creative Writing at Georgia State University. She has published five poetry collections, three of which have won awards.

Early life and education[edit]

Gylys grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Allegheny College with a bachelor's degree in 1986.[2] She went on to receive a master's degree from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from University of Cincinnati. She has also attended the Stonecoast Writers Conference in Portland, Maine.[3]


Gylys formerly taught at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania.[4] She is currently a professor of English and Creative Writing at Georgia State University.[5] Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review,[6] The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The Antioch Review,[7] and The Columbia Review.[5]


Gylys' poem "Erratic Gardener" was featured on an episode of Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion in 1999.[8] Her book of personal ads, titled Matchbook, has been set to music by composer Dan Welcher.[4] She was a featured guest poet at the January 2013 meeting of the Georgia Poetry Society.[9]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Thomas Forsthoefel who is Professor of Religious Studies at Mercyhurst College and the Erie County, PA, Poet Laureate.[4]


  • Quentin R. Howard Award for Balloon Heart[10]
  • Gerald Cable Book Award for Bodies that Hum[11]
  • The Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award in Poetry for Spot in the Dark [12]


Collections of poems[edit]

Anthology appearances[edit]

  • Anthology of Best Magazine Verse (1996)
  • American Poetry: the Next Generation, Gerald Costanzo, Jim Daniels Eds, Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2000, ISBN 978-0-88748-337-0
  • "Beyond the Map Edge", Under the Rock Umbrella: Contemporary American Poets from 1951–1977, Editor William J. Walsh, Mercer University Press, 2006, ISBN 978-0-88146-047-6
  • "Preference", The best American erotic poems: from 1800 to the present, Editor David Lehman, Scribner Poetry, 2008, ISBN 978-1-4165-3745-8


  1. ^ "Marriages: Licenses Issued July 5 to 9". Erie Times-News. July 19, 2010. 
  2. ^ Beth Gylys '86 - Allegheny College profile
  3. ^ "High Five". JMWW. Summer 2006. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Singers perform poetry in 'Matchbook'". Merciad. 
  5. ^ a b "Department of English - Beth Gylys". Georgia State University. 
  6. ^ Issue 136 - The Paris Review
  7. ^ Summer 2001 Issue Archived November 25, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. The Antioch Review
  8. ^ Schneider, Michael (August 15, 1999). "'Bodies That Hum' by Beth Gylys". Pittsburg Post-Gazette. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Beth Gylys - Morning Speaker" (PDF). Winter 2013 Newsletter. Georgia Poetry Society. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ Beth Gylys Archived March 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. - Author profile on Wind Publications website.
  11. ^ Gerald Cable Book Award Winners.
  12. ^ The Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award in Poetry.

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