About the Author
Born and raised in West Virginia I am married and have four children and five grandchildren who are the joy of my life. You will find them an inspiration in many of my writings. My first collection of poetry, Bad Red Shoes, is available online through www.authorhouse.com, www.amazon.com, www.barnes&noble.com and other online book stores. I have also contributed to: Just Paper and Ink-a collection by Writers’ Ink authors, a writing group based in Columbus, OH., released August 2013, Collage-a collection by David Bell and the Franklinton & McConnell writers groups based in Columbus,OH, released March 2015, The Poetic Bond V (published 2015) and The Poetic Bond VI (published 2016)-anthologies of poetry compiled through new media and social networking by Trevor Maynard & Women of Appalachia Project WOMEN SPEAK-anthology of spoken word from women throughout Ohio, Kentucky & West Virginia. Bad Red Shoes is also available for checkout at the Westerville Public Library, 126 S State St., Westerville, OH. I have also self-published two chapbooks: Sweetness and Grave Digging Blow by Blow. Besides writing, I collect troll dolls and my collection has been on display at the Westerville, OH Library in 2007 through 2017. The next display is scheduled for March 2018.
I have been a featured reader at the Columbus, OH Arts festival in 2003 through 2009 and 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016. Also at ComFest 2011 through 2016 at Goodale Park, Columbus, OH.
I have also been a featured reader at the Upper Arlington Library, Westerville Library, Columbus Book Fair, Writers’ Ink, The Poets and Writers Guild, Java Central Coffee House, Hilltop Kiwanis, SIPS Coffee House, Gillie Community Center & Peripatetic Poets@ Global Gallery Coffee Shop.
The Short North Gazette, Columbus, OH in various editions, 2003-2012
YaSou’ Online Magazine, Columbus, OH in various editions, 2003-2011
Pen Pushers Publications, Sterling, VA ~ 2003
OH Dept. of Rehabilitation and Correction, Office of Victim Services, 2004, “American Values”
Writers Ink, Columbus, OH in various editions 2004-2014
Northern Stars Magazine, Powers, MI, 2004 and 2005
Poetic Hours, Knottingham, England, Spring and Summer editions ~ 2005
Ohio Chinese American News, Columbus, OH, 2005-2016
Common Threads, OH Poetry Association, Columbus, OH 2007
The Senior Times, Columbus, OH, 2007 and 2008
Celebrate the Arts contest book, Westerville, OH by LuLu Press, 2007 (Honorable Mention), 2008, 2009, 2010 (Third Runner-up), 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 (Third Runner-up) 2015 & 2016.
Tailfin, Central OH Region-Cadillac LaSalle Club Newsletter ~ November 2010
Columbus City Scene Magazine, Verses from the Heart, Web Exclusive, 2009, a story about her and husband Doug, two poets falling in love
WCRS FM 98.3/102.1 FM Conscious Voices Radio interview, 2008, Betty Bleen explores her life in poetry with Cynthia Rosi
WCBE 90.5 FM Jazz Sunday Show interview with KC Jones & Jack Marchbanks ~ October 2012
Betty is a member of the Ohio Poetry Association, Writers’ Ink, The Westerville Library poetry group, Peripatetic Poets and The Women of Appalachia Women Speak Project 2016-2017