Betty Adcock is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Slantwise (LSU Press, 2008) and Intervale: New and Selected Poems (LSU, 2002), which won the Poets’ Prize and was a finalist for the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Prize. She has been awarded two Pushcart Prizes, the North Carolina Medal for Literature, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a 2002 Guggenheim Fellowship, among others.
Primarily self-taught, she has no degrees, and studied and wrote poetry for more than ten years while working in the business world. After her first book was published, she was awarded a teaching residency at Duke University. Other teaching positions followed, most notably as a writer-in-residence at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, which she held for 20 years. She currently teaches in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program.
When asked in an interview what she hoped for in her poetry, Adcock replied, “to tell the truth and find that it is music.”
—Poem from Slantwise, LSU Press, 2008