B. Elizabeth Beck

SUMMARY: author of two books of poetry (Evening Street Press) and (Finishing Line Press). Award-winning teacher and published writer who is also a mixed-media visual artist. Founder of The Teen Howl Poetry Series. Writing instructor. Experienced English literature teacher and speaker for workshops, conferences as well as colleges and universities.


UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY, Lexington, Kentucky six post-graduate credits 2014

XAVIER UNIVERSITY, Cincinnati, Ohio Master of Education May 1998

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI, Cincinnati, Ohio Bachelor of Arts English Lit. 1992

                                           TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Fayette County Public Schools, Leestown Middle School, Lexington, Kentucky 2015-present Full-time Speech and Drama Teacher. Founder Leestown OUTLOUD

Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, Lexington Kentucky 2009-2015 Writing Workshop Instructor

  • “A Woman’s Journey of Healing through Journaling”
  • “Teen Poetry Workshop”
  • “Journal Writing”
  • “Summer Camp Poetry Workshop”
  • “Teen Retreat Writing Workshop”

Fayette County Public Schools , Lexington, Kentucky 2004-2009 Full-time Secondary Education Teacher, English and Arts and Humanities

  • Teacher of advanced English 9 and advanced English 11 and Language Arts 8
  •  Teacher of Arts and Humanities grades 11 and 8
  • Active Cooperating Teacher for University of Kentucky Student Teachers
  • Teacher of the Year- Student Choice 2005 and 2006
  • Lead Teacher for FCPS Mentoring Program 2008

Rockford College, Rockford, Illinois 2002-2003 Adjunct Professor of English

  • Teacher of English 112 Short Story and Poetry

Cincinnati Publish Schools, Cincinnati, Ohio 1997-2000 Full-time Secondary Education Teacher, English and Drama

  • Active Cooperating Teacher for Xavier University Student Teachers
  • Teacher Advisor/Creator of The Tracks Literary Magazine
  • Chairperson for the United Negro College Fund


THE TEEN HOWL POETRY SERIES: founder (November 2011-current)                           THE GIRL PROJECT: Lexington, Kentucky (2012-current): Writing Instructor               THE LATINO LEADERSHIP PROGRAM: BCTC (Summer 2011): Writing Instructor     THE ART MUSEUM AT UK: Eco-Art Grant (September 2010-May 2011): Writing Instructor                                                                                                                                      BLACK ACHIEVERS Lexington, Kentucky (January 2010-June 2010): Writing Instructor CARNEGIE CENTER  Lexington, Kentucky (2009- 2015): Writing Instructor LEXINGTON BALLET COMPANY Lexington, Kentucky (2009-current): volunteer     YWCA Ft. Wayne, Indiana (2000): Fundraising for battered women’s shelter           MOSAIC MENTORING GROUP SCAPA Cincinnati, Ohio (1994-1997): founder/leader WOMEN HELPING WOMEN Cincinnati, Ohio (1989-1992): counselor


ADMINISTRATOR: Artworks Program.  Cincinnati, Ohio Summer 1998 CASEMANAGER/ MOTIVATIONAL TRAINER: Federal JOBS Program, Hamilton County Department of Human Services. January 1993 to August 1997 EDUCATION COORDINATOR: Women Helping Women. April 1992 to September 1992


Fiction Writing Spring and Summer 2014 University of Kentucky: Gurney Norman,  poet laureate Kentucky

Master Poetry Class Carnegie Center Spring 2013: Frank X Walker, poet laureate Kentucky

Master Poetry Class Carnegie Center Winter 2013 : Richard Lawrence Taylor,  poet laureate Kentucky

Master Poetry Class Carnegie Center Winter and Spring 2012 : Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, publisher Accents


*Published poem in anthology “Children of Orpheus” 2016
*Published poem in anthology “Circe Lament” 2016
*Published poem in anthology “Veils, Halos and Shackles” 2016                               *Published essay in “Mothers Always Write” Summer 2015                                        *Published poem in Accents anthology “This Wretched Vessel” Summer 2015     *Published poem in “Chaffey Review” Summer 2014                                                    *Published poem in “Kudzu” Summer 2014                                                                    *Published poem in Accents anthology “Her Limestone Bones” Summer 2014      *Published poem in “Poetica Magazine” Summer 2014                                                *Published poem in “Meadow” Summer 2014                                                                *Published essay “Teacher Pickles” Pluck! Journal Spring 2014                                 *Published three ekphrastic poems “TRIVIA: The Feminist Issue” 2014                 *Nominated for Pushcart Prize and Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize 2013                    *Published poetry full-length book  insignificant white girl  Evening Street Press 2013 *Published poetry chapbook Interiors Finishing Line Press 2013                               *Published six poems in “Evening Street Review” Spring Issue 2013                          *Recipient of the Artist Enrichment Grant- Kentucky Foundation for Women 2012 *Published poems in “Rusty Nail”, “In-Stereo Press”, “Red River Review”, “Golden Sparrow”, “Skinny Devil Magazine” and “Subliminal Interiors” 2012                          *Published vignette in NEA Teacher Stories by Harvard Education Press June 2011 *Published poem in Anthology by Accents Publishing Nov 2011                                        *BSHS Teacher of the Year: Student Choice 2005 and 2006                                             *FAME Recipient 2006 and 2009- FCPS *Two National Honor Society Teacher Awards *Seven Who’s Who of American Teacher Awards 2005-06                                                     *Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction Award 2006                                                         *Presented Cooperative Discipline – Xavier University 2000                                          *Presented Integrated Curriculum – Career Paths -Summer Conference 1999            *Presented Academic Paper on Collective Mentoring–Xavier University 1997         *Presented Academic Paper on Collective Mentoring—NKU GROW Conference 1997 *Chairperson for-Ohio Director’s Conference- HCDIS                                                        *United Way Campaign Chairperson 1996: Raised $47,000–HCDHS                             *Seven Employee Recognition Awards- HCDHS                                                       *Outstanding Student Achievement Award–University of Cincinnati 1989

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