Beth Gylys is the 1997 winner of The Quentin R. Howard Poetry Prize for her book Balloon Heart.
At the time of this award Beth taught English
and creative writing at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA.
She currently (2004) is an Assistant Professor of Creative
Writing and English at Georgia State University. Beth has a Ph.D. in English and creative writing from the
University of Cincinnati, a Masters from Syracuse, and
earned her Bachelors degree from Allegheny College. She
has published poems in The Paris Review, The New
Republic, The Boston Review, Ploughshares, Antioch
Review, The Southern Review, and many other literary
magazines including Wind. Her book, Bodies that Hum,
won the Gerald Cable Poetry Award and was published in 1999 by
Silverfish Review Press. Beth's manuscript Spot in the Dark won
The Journal Award in Poetry presented by Ohio State University
and will be published by the OSU Press in 2004.
Stephen Dunn said the following of Beth Gylys's Balloon Heart:
Though Beth Gylys's subject matter is often sexual, or at least involves the interplay of the sexes, it was not her content per se, but her phrasing and formal dexterity that kept me irresistibly returning to her poems. There's an intelligence and wit at work here, a compositional elan; every line is infused with attitude, and her endings almost always bring the poems to moments that seem both inevitable and unforseen. Balloon Heart charms and probes, and even when it darkens it remains vibrant and surprising.
The Trouble With Love Poems About Men
They're not of curves and shadows made.
of curls might fan their brows, or bellies bloom
what work to capture men's appeal!