Bethel Swift is a San Diego-based poet, workshop instructor, and blogger from the South Side of Chicago. She is the author of Conversations with Good Men (March 2020) and has poetry published in Armenian Poetry Project, Haiku Journal, and Expressions from Englewood as well as exhibited at Columbia College Chicago. Her journalistic features, interviews, and opinion pieces have appeared in multiple print and web publications. In 2017, Bethel was the recipient of an AWP Writer to Writer Mentorship with poet Sandy Coomer (Available Light). Prior to that, she studied poetry under Kristina Marie Darling (Dark Horse) and Larry Sawyer (Vertigo Diary) at the Chicago School of Poetics and with Martha Vertreace-Doody (Glacier Fire) at Kennedy-King College. Bethel’s blog focuses on the topics of artivism, gratitude, and self-care. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Memoir Writers Association.