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Beth Oast Williams

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A Bit About Beth

Beth Oast Williams is a student with The Muse Writers Center

in Norfolk, Virginia. Her workshop experience includes

Bread Loaf and VQR Writers Conferences and The Fine Arts Work Center. Her work has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize.

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Poems Available Online


"My Sister Thinks Every Butterfly Is Her Dead Husband", New York Quarterly's Without A Doubt: Poems Illustrating Faith


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"Shell Casings", Roanoke Review 

"Bite Your Tongue", Dialogist

"Confession", "Split", and "Eve Is Always The Day Before It Happens", One Art

"Sympathy Card", River and South Review

"Baggy Blue Sweatshirt", Banyan Review

"Cherry Picking", Good River Review

"God, Diagnosed With Dementia", Invisible City

"Dusk Meditation", Sky Island Journal


"This Fall", River Heron Review


"Finding Myself Lost In A Forest Myth", Leon Literary Review


"Scaping", Breakwater Review


"Where There Is Thirst", SWWIM Everyday

"Covers", Pensive: a Global Journal of Spirituality and the Arts

"In Search Of A Container For Jesus" and "A Hole In The Poem", Amethyst Review

"The Storm", The Adirondack Review

"Childhood Memories Thrown In A Jar", Sweet Tree Review

"Formation", "Fly, Pictarnie", and "Mary Sue Arranges Things", Orchards Poetry Journal

"Mom Self-Distances By Writing Poems In The Grass", Gyroscope

"Self Portrait With Open Palms And Ice Cubes", Hawaii Pacific Review

"I Knew Better Than To Say", Rattle's Poets Respond

"His Kiss Was Like The Car Door Closing On My Thumb"Fjords Review

"Just Beneath the Surface", The Annapolis Spy

"Eve's Garden" and "Kickball", GASHER Journal

"Searching Elegies", Into the Void

"Watch the Sky" and "Simple Sugar", The Sunlight Press

"On Finding a Spoon in My Lover's Pants Pocket", Burningword Literary Journal

"Here's a Goody Bag, Now Get Lost", "Making Eye Contact", "Mother's Death is Hard to Swallow", "Not seeing your face", and "The End of the Rope", Willard and Maple

"Gate 6", The Bookends Review

"The Annual Under-Winter Assault", The Coachella Review blog


Poems Available in Print

"These Stars, Now Your Mother's Eyes" and "Whelks Are Most Often Mistaken For Conchs", Texas Review Press The Southern Poetry Anthology, Vol. IX, Virginia, Fall, 2022

"Miss Grace", Comstock Review


"Gravity Gone, And I Should Have Sounded An Alarm", Channel Magazine

"Thirteen Jurors", Jabberwock Review

"We ask wedding guests to wear flats", North Dakota Quarterly

"Sadness Knows When A Tone Is Overused", Main Street Rag

"The Hum is Enough", Poetry South

"Heiligenschein"  Anglican Theological Review

Elizabeth River Rising" and "To the Sheep", Crab Creek Review

"Paper Streets", Red Earth Review

"Just Beneath the Surface", Delmarva Review

"Rekindle", Plainsongs

"Dirty Laundry", Wisconsin Review

"The Burning", Glass Mountain

"I Thought We Were Cooking Soul Food", Mslexia

"While Puerto Rico Cries", SHANTIH Journal


"Drink in the Morning", Lou Lit 



Poetry Society of Virginia 2022, JoAnn Scott Kennedy Memorial, Third place for "One Bee Decided To Sting"

Palette Poetry's 2020 Sappho Prize for Women Poets - long listed 

"Second Grade Mistake", second prize, Poetry Matters Project, May, 2019

Semifinalist, Poet's Billow 2018 Atlantis Award

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