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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Beth Copeland Vargo  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry


-- Beth Copeland Vargo on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

The author lives in Cary, McHenry county, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Beth Copeland Vargo received the 1999 Bright Hill Press National Poetry Book Award for her book, ''Traveling Through Glass''. As a child she lived in Japan, India and the United States, and her poems reflect themes and traditions of both the East and the West. Her poems have been published in ''Atlanta Review'', ''Carolina Quarterly'', ''The Mid-America Poetry Review'', ''Phoebe'', ''Rhino'', and other literary magazines, and have received awards from ''Arts & Letters'', ''Atlanta Review'','' New Millenium Writings'', ''Peregrine'' and ''Writers Digest''. She is a recipient of a 2002 Finalist Award in Poetry from the Illinois Arts Council and 2001 Ethel Fortner Writer and Community Award from St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Laurinburg, North Carolina. Vargo holds an MFA degree in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University. She is employed as a museum curator and freelance writer.

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Titles At Your Library

Traveling Through Glass (Bright Hill Press Poetry Book Award Series)
ISBN: 1892471051

Bright Hill Press. 2000

Poetry. "The poems in TRAVELING THROUGH GLASS are as crisply separate from each other as grains of basmati rice. Each has its own personality, its own individuality whether it is about India or remembering a wallpaper from childhood. But no matter if about India or a childhood memory they are woven with startlingly apt metaphors and similes. A widow's oppressive sorrow is 'like the scent of gardenias in a closed room..." In a triumphantly elongated metaphor the Atlantic becomes a 'native ventriloquist, throws its voice into the clenched lips of an oyster, whispering/ in the tide-slurred accent of a tired Southern girl.'"


  • Bright Hill Press Poetry Book Award, ''Traveling Through Glass''

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