Birth and Death and In Between
Author: Jane Colville Betts
About the Author:
Jane Colville Betts has written poetry over a span of fifty years—through marriage, motherhood, divorce, and reunion—whenever she felt the need. She taught freshman composition at the University of Minnesota in what used to be called the "housewife brigade," while she earned her Ph.D. She attained a full professorship with a twenty-year career teaching creative writing, as well as composition, World Literature, and Modern British Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and during that time found an outlet for her own writing in local academic and arts publications as well as faculty and student readings. Earlier, in a five-year position with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, she supervised and helped write a careers film that won two honors at national and international film festivals.
Since her retirement from academic life, the author has reunited with her former husband and lives at his home with its country setting in Afton, Minnesota. Free of academe, she has had the leisure to make this collection of poems from the seasons in her life. She has also included three short stories in a lighter vein, two of them looking back at teaching and the third about a divorced woman as told from her teen-aged daughter's point of view.