Beth Cooley, Ph.D.

Professor of English

My areas of expertise include Twentieth Century British and American Literature and Creative Writing in all genres. I consider myself a generalist and enjoy teaching introductory/core courses as well as courses for English majors and minors.

Contact Information

Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

M.A., English, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

B.A., English, cum laude, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Courses Taught

ENGL 102: Introduction to Literature

ENGL 201: Studies in Poetry

ENGL 301: Poetry Writing

ENGL 350: Twentieth Century British Survey

ENGL 402: Advanced Fiction Writing

ENGL 450: Twentieth Century British Novel

ENGL 462: The Bildungsroman


Shelter. Random House, 2006.

Ostrich Eye. Random House, 2004. (Paperback edition, 2005.)



 “Mercury.” Periodic Table of Poems, INK, 2016, n.p.

“Double Hit Vinyl.” Railtown Almanac II, Sage Hill Press, 2016, 35.

“Turtle Eggs.” All We Can Hold, Sage Hill Press, 2016, 42.

“Sestina:Fire” Cascadia Review, Issue 10, Fall 2015, Online.

“Snow Thrall” Cascadia Review, Issue 10, Fall 2015, Online.

“Easter Sunday” Cascadia Review, Issue 10, Fall 2015, Online.

“Waiting Words.” The Longleaf Pine, Vol. 1, Summer 2015, 17.

“Waking Dogs.” The Longleaf Pine, Vol. 1, Summer 2015, 23.

“Seasonal” Railtown Almanac. Sage Hill Press 2014, 27.

“Manito” Railtown Almanac. Sage Hill Press, 2014, 26.

“Magnavox.” Poetry Quarterly, Fall 2014, 27.

“Bat Flight.” Third Wednesday, Summer 2014, 14.

“Mapped.” RiverLit, 15, Spring 2014, 5.

“Flora.” Voyages: Rethinking Nature and its Expressions, Spring 2013, 56.

“Arrangement.” Floating Bridge, Spring 2011, 81.

“Aerial.” Floating Bridge, Spring 2011, 80.

“Moravian Cemetery.” Rock and Sling, Winter 2011, 75.

“Poesy.” Rock and Sling, Winter 2011, 69.

“Elegy for my Father.” Xavier Review, Spring 2010, 41.

“Signify.” Reflection, Spring 2010, 14.

“Poetry Reading.” Reflection, Spring 2008, 7.

“Charm Bracelet.” Wisconsin Review, Winter 2006, 15.

“Nativity.” Willow Springs, Fall 2005, 13.

“For I Will Consider.” Reflection, Spring 2005, 20.

“Something Blue.” Timber Creek Review, Winter 2005, 64.

“Monarchs.” Hollins Critic, Winter 2005, 21.

Sphenicus Magellenicus.Soundings East, Spring/Summer 2004, 32-33.

“Manito.” Roanoke Review, Spring 2004, 11.

“Sestina: Water.” Roanoke Review, Spring 2004, 12-13.

“Cloving Blood Oranges.” Re Daction, Spring 2004, 18.

“Ark.” Sow’s Ear, Winter 2004, 23.

“Nesting” Mid-American Review, Fall 2003, 20.

“Correspondence.” Xavier Review, Summer 2003, 58-59.

“August Sundays.” Xavier Review, Summer 2003, 60-61.

“Witness.” Poet Lore, Spring/Summer 2003, 29.

“Dream Pie.” Talking River Review, Winter 2002, 16-17.

“Casting Net.” Talking River Review, Winter 2002, 18-19.

“Snowflake Gown.” Reflection, 2002, 27-8.

“Stable Dreams.” Red Rock Review, Winter 2001, 44.

“The Seamstress of Bangladesh.” Red Rock Review, Winter 2001, 45-46.

“Sleep Charm.” Red Rock Review, Winter2001, 47.

“PVT. Bill Millin, I st Commando Brigade British Royal Marines, 6/16/44.” Santa Clara Review
Fall/Winter 2001, 137.

“Flying.” Crab Creek Review, Winter 2001, 78.

“Reading Frogs.” Heliotrope, 4, 2000, 58-59.

“The Children or Cerro Llullaillaco.” Heliotrope, 4, 2000, 60-62.


Short Stories and Creative Nonfiction

“Broken Laces.” Wee Folk and Wise. Sky Warrior Press, 2017. 84-94.

“Rules for Breaking.” Lilac City Fairy-Tales II. Scablands Press, 2016.

“Colleville-Montgomery.” Mid-American Review, Vol 36, No 1, 47-56. Recognized in Best American

Creative Nonfiction 2016.

“Aretha at the Gap.” Silver Birch Press Review, Fall 2015, Online.

“Driving Home.” The Binnacle, 2015, 5.
Winner of the 2015 Ultra-Short Story Contest.

“Mapping Back.” The Longleaf Pine, Vol. 1, Summer 2015, 9-11.

“Facts of Life.” Like a Girl: Perspectives on Feminine Identity. Lucid Moose Press, 2015, 24-25.

“Eros and Thanatos.” Crack the Spine, 143, 2015, 11-15.

“Of a Different Color.” Lilac City Fairy-Tales. Gray Dog Press, 2014, 117-19.

“Not Always Fun.” The Spokesman Review, July 23, 2014, Online.
Recorded for KPBX “The Book Shelf” October 16, 2014.

“True Crime.” Spokane Shorties. Gray Dog Press, 2014, 16-17.

“Left Holding the Bag.” Spokesman Review. F 10, Oct 3, 1999.

“Trading Up.” Limestone: A Literary Journal, Fall 1989, 26-34.

“What Meets the Eye.” Carolina Quarterly 39.3, Spring 1987, 58-66.


Scholarly Publications

“Jerry Spinelli’s Stargirl as Contemporary Gospel: Good News in a World of Adolescent Conformity.” From Colonialism to the Contemporary: Intertextual Transformation in World Children’s and Youth Literature, edited by Lance Weldy, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006, 26-35.

“Katherine Anne Porter.” Readers Guide to Women's Studies, edited by Eleanor B. Amico, Fitzroy-Dearboume, 1999, 471-73.

“Maya Angelou.” Readers Guide to Women's Studies, edited by Eleanor B. Amico. Chicago: Fitzroy-Dearbourne, 1999, 27.

“Re-membering and Dis(re)membering: Memory, Community, and the Individual in Beloved.” University of Mississippi Studies in English, 11- 12, 1995, 351-360.

“‘The Medicine She Trusted To’: Women, Friendship and Communication in The Voyage Out and Night and Day." Women's Friendships and Communication: Parallels and Intersections in Literature and Life, edited by Janet D. Ward and JoAnna S. Mink, Popular Press, 1993, 65-76.

“Discovering the ‘Enchanted Region’: A Revisionary Reading of Night and Day.” College English Association: Critic, 54.3, Spring-Summer 1992, 4-17. Editor, Proceedings of the First Wilma E. Grote Symposium for the Advancement of Women. Women, Technology and Ethics: Defining the Issues for the Twenty-First Century, MSU Press, 1992.

“Revolutionizing Biography: Orlando, Roger Fry: A Biography, and the Tradition.” South Atlantic Review, 55.2, May 1990, 71-83.

“Seumas O'Kelly's ‘The Weaver's Grave’: What Lies Beneath ‘A Story of Old Men.’” Studies in Short Fiction, 26.4, Fall 1989, 453-462.

Essay Review of I Am One of You Forever by Fred Chappell, Carolina Quarterly, 38.2, Winter 1986, 87-89.
Excerpted in Contemporary Literary Criticism 40 (1986).