"In her second collection, My Afmerica, Artress Bethany White grapples with the grief of generations of Black mothers in America." Jeneva Stone for Green Mountains Review

Artress Bethany White's recent collection of poetry is both timely and timeless...[it] is a survival narrative that envelops the duality of the African American experience in the U.S. and the struggle for the American dream." Alley L. Biniarz for Harbor Review

Artress Bethany White Artress Bethany White is a poet, essayist, and literary critic. She is the recipient of the Trio Award for her collection My Afmerica: poems (Trio House Press, 2019), selected by poet Sun Yung Shin. Her prose, Survivor’s Guilt: Essays on Race and American Identity, received a 2022 Next Generation Finalist Indie Book Award. She is co-editor of the new anthology Wheatley at 250: Black Women Poets Re-imagine the Verse of Phillis Wheatley Peters (Pangyrus, 2023), which writer Camille Dungy refers to as "a blessing and a balm." Recent work also appears in the anthology Why I Wrote This Poem: 62 Poets on Creativity and Craft (McFarland, 2023). White has received scholarships and residencies from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Bread Loaf. She is associate professor of English at East Stroudsburg University and teaches poetry and nonfiction workshops for Rosemont College Summer Writers Retreat in Pennsylvania.

Books available through Small Press Distribution Amazon,Trio House Press, and Bookshop

Contact: Artress dot White at gmail dot com

Artress Bethany White

Artress Bethany White, Ph.D.



My Afmerica forces us to consider the cost of history, brutality, racism, accompanied by documented facts. In doing so, her work makes our bodies react with a nod, a jaw clench, a curse, a sigh, a held breath.  White’s art is as evident as her keen use of form translates what the textbooks often miss.  There is no overstating that My Afmerica is one of those books that should be studied as history, poetry, theory, and art. Artress Bethany White’s second collection of poetry should be committed to memory and passed down as a living, poetic, historical document.” 

Willie Perdomo, The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon

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​​​​​​​​​​​“In verse both free and deftly formal, Artress Bethany White

unflinchingly mines the notion of family: biological, blended,

constructed and decidedly American. She takes no prisoners,

or perhaps takes us all prisoners, kicking into the necessary

and discomfiting discourse of who we truly are—and how

we are tied together in awful, and also surprisingly beautiful,


Danielle Legros Georges, Poet Laureate, City of Boston

Over the past decade, I have faced the

challenge of raising a transracial family in the

South, reckoned with being descended from

one of the largest slaveholding families in

America, and faced the history of a nineteenth-

century ancestor being lynched by the KKK.

As I worked to assess these realities, I

marveled at how my experiences were echoed

in the trauma of a nation under siege from

domestic terrorism, gun violence, and racism.

In the spirit of healing, I share  Survivor’s

Guilt: Essays on Race and American

Identity with a public searching for answers

to America’s complex racial dilemma.”

​​​​​​​​​"A well-written, powerful examination of America’s racial legacies.”--Kirkus Reviews​

Talk about the right time to find a story… My copy arrived two months after Breonna Taylor was shot in her bed, three weeks after the first arrests for the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, four days after the world watched George Floyd’s murder on video; in other words, right when the world finally seemed to wake up to the reality of race in America.”

--Mom Egg Review




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