Bethanie Humphreys


Sacramento, CA
California US

Author's Bio

Bethanie Humphreys is a late-blooming lesbian from Sacramento, California. She is a writer, editor, mixed-media visual artist, and educator. Former Editor-in-Chief for American River Review and Associate Editor and Art Director for Tule Review, her poetry, fiction, essays, and visual art has appeared in the U.S., Canada, and U.K., in The Poetry Foundation, ArtemisNonbinary Review, and Found Poetry Review, and others. Her chapbook, Dendrochronology, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2019.

She served as board member for the Sacramento Poetry Center and co-curator for the SPC Art Gallery from 2015-2020. She is a Community of Writers Poetry Workshop Alumni, has a Bachelors in Spanish from CSU, Sacramento, and a Creative Writing Certificate in Literary Publishing from American River College. She is also a California Certified Naturalist, and AWA certified. She leads various workshops including: science poetry, poetry editing, a guided National Poetry Writing Month experience, and all-genre AWA-method generative writing. E-mail her at for information on the latest workshop, or learn more at

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Publications & Prizes

Dendrochronology (Finishing Line Press, 2019)
Nonbinary Review
Prizes won: 

Honorable Mention from Community College Humanities Association Pacific-Western Division for poem “As If Eaten,” published in 2017 American River Review

Honorable Mention from judge, Sandra Beasley for poem “Earthbound Hymn,” published in Unrequited: An Anthology of Love Poems about Inanimate Objects, 2016

1st Place winner of Modesto Jr. College’s Mecha essay contest, “What It Means to Be a Chicano,” May of 1999

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Elizabeth Bishop, Evie Shockley, Franny Choi, Emily Dickinson, Molly Peacock, Terrance Hayes, torrin a. greathouse, Richard Rodriguez, Mary Oliver, Pattiann Rogers, Louise Gluck
What I'm reading now: 
Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz, Craft in the Real World by Matthew Salesses, Meander, Spiral, Explode by Jane Allison

More Information

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Prefers to work with: 
Children, Disability, Immigration, LGBTQ, Schools, Teachers, Women
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Born in: 
Sacramento, CA
Raised in: 
Hughson, CA
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Last update: May 27, 2023