Beth Copeland was raised in Japan, India, and North Carolina. Her book, Traveling Through Glass, received the 1999 Bright Hill Press Poetry Book Award, and her poems have been published in numerous literary journals, including e: The Emily Dickinson Awards Anthology (2002 and 2003), Hunger Mountain, The Kerf, The Ledge, Main Street Rag, Margie, Phoebe: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Feminist Scholarship, and Rhino. Her poems have received awards from Arts & Letters, Atlanta Review, New Millennium Writings, North American Review, The North Carolina Poetry Society, and Peregrine, and have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She received a 2001 Ethel Fortner Writer and Community Award from St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Laurinburg, North Carolina. While living in the Chicago area, she received a Finalist Award in Poetry from the Illinois Arts Council in 2003 and in 2004. She is employed as an English instructor at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina.