Beth Copeland Vargo received the 1999 Bright Hill Press National Poetry Book Award for her book, Traveling Through Glass. Multicultural influences are reflected in the artistic vision of her work. As a child she lived in Japan, India, and the United States, and her poems incorporate themes and traditions of the East and the West. Her poems chronicle her passage through the world and integrate external scenery with the inner terrain of the spirit. They serve as maps through the past and into the future, and document her journey through landscapes both familiar and foreign, visible and invisible, literal and metaphorical.
Vargo's poems have been published in numerous literary magazines and have received awards from Arts & Letters, Atlanta Review, New Millennium Writings, North American Review, and Peregrine.
Her personal essays have been published in Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul 2, The Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, and Woman’s World. Her short story, “Painted Angels,” received First Place in the Sheila K. Smith Short Story Prize (2000) from The National League of American Pen Women, Nob Hill, San Francisco Branch.
She is a recipient of the 2001 Ethel Fortner Writer and Community Award from St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Laurinburg, North Carolina. She received a 2003 Finalist Award in Poetry from the Illinois Arts Council and is listed on IAC's 2003-2005 Artstour Roster.
Vargo has taught creative writing workshops and presented poetry readings at Elgin Community College, McHenry County College, Barrington Area Arts Center, and Bowling Green State University. As a poet-in-residence of the Hands on Stanzas program sponsored by The Poetry Center of Chicago, she teaches poetry writing to children at Orrington Elementary School in Evanston.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from St. Andrews Presbyterian College and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University.
Programs and Performances Available:
- Poetry Writing Workshops for Children and Adults
- Experienced Poetry Judge for Literary Competitions
- Poetry Readings