Bloomington, IN


University of Missouri-St. Louis

MFA  Creative Writing  2010

Ball State University

BA  English Studies - Linguistics  2008


Teaching Experience

Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington

Associate Professor of English 2013 -

Center for Online Writing Support Director 2018-

Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington, Central Indiana

Adjunct Instructor of English 2011 - 2013

Smarthinking, Inc.

E-Structor (Online Writing Tutor)  2011 - 2013

Teaching Assistant Program in France - Nancy

Teaching Assistant 2010 - 2011

Florissant Valley Community College - North St. Louis

Adjunct Instructor of English 2009 - 2010

Institute of Reading Development

Seasonal Reading Teaching 2009, 2010, 2012

University of Missouri - St. Louis

Writing Lab Assistant 2008 - 2010


Awards and Nominations

92Y Discovery/ Boston Review Poetry Contest

Semi-Finalist 2018

New American Poetry Prize

Semi-Finalist 2018

Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize

Finalist  The Tishman Review  2018

Pushcart Prize

Nominee  "Summer Almanac" in Natural Bridge  2013

Indiana Review Poetry Prize

Semi-Finalist  2011

James Russell Grant Poetry Prize

Winner  University of Missouri-St. Louis  Judge Anonymous  2010

Laurence Goldstein Prize

Winner  Michigan Quarterly Review  Judge Paul Muldoon  2009


Conference Presentations

Betz, J (2018, March). Portage: crossing the divide between childhood and adulthood. Presented at the National Popular Culture Association Conference. Indianapolis, IN.

Betz, J. (2017, August). Avoiding Burnout. Presented at the Discipline Dialogue Day at Ivy Tech Community College. (Roundtable Session). Indianapolis, IN.

Betz, J. (2016, October). Before Burnout: Finding Fuel In and Out of The Classroom. Presented at the Two Year College English Association Midwest (TYCA) (Roundtable Session). St. Louis, MO.

Betz, J. (2014, October). Style shift: academic writing and the pedagogy of texting. Paper presented at the Midwest Popular and American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) (Roundtable Session).  Indianapolis, IN.

Betz, J. (2014, September). Program design: apal.  Paper presented at the 33rd annual Research-to-Practice Conference (R2P) in Adult and Higher Education. Muncie IN.

Betz, J. (2014, September). Postmodern principles in practice. Paper presented at the 33rd annual Research-to-Practice Conference (R2P) in Adult and Higher Education.  Muncie, IN.

Poetry Publications

TINGE Magazine

Black Oil Sunflower Seed

Against The Wind

A Wind's Weight

The Tishman Review

Like Planting Spinach

Line And Pole

The Paris-American

Learning to Curse

The Portland Review


Winter Poem With a Family

How to Catch / A Falling Pear 

The Gesture Meaning Now

The Columbia Review

Holiday Poem

The Broken Plate

Problems With Hands, Lips, and Snaps

Posey County

Swamp Ape Review

Listening to Sam Cooke on the Day After My Wedding Day

Route 7 Review


Parks and Points Poetry

Clear Creek Trail

Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland


Natural Bridge

Summer Almanac

Strength In Certain Places

Ninth Letter

Red-Winged Blackbird 

Michigan Quarterly Review

Remembering the Prostitute in New York

(Republished on Poetry Daily 8/21/09)

Hayden's Ferry Review

Certain Punishments

Portage, Indiana

Gulf Stream Literary Magazine

Shaking Half-Beliefs

Emerson Review

Pitz, Patz, Putz

Idaho Grassbugs

Crab Orchard Review

A Dream Of Fish (forthcoming)

blue skies poetry (Canada)

Beard Fields

Blue Earth Review

After Looking Up on a Fall Day, She Looks at You

In the Sloth You See Yourself and Hope Long

Walking by the Airport, I Think of When You Left

Berkeley Poetry Review

Tap My Defibrillator With Your Good Palm is a Type of Unspoken Love


Wall Street

Beecher's Magazine

After My Father's Suicide (forthcoming)

Architrave Press

Birthday for Robert, October 28th


On Seeing The Monuments and Names


Review Publications

Open Letters Monthly.  "Puerto Rico," by Alejandro Ventura.  March 1, 2013.  Online.

Open Letters Monthly.  "Goat In The Snow," by Emily Pettit.  October 1, 2012.  Online.  Highlighted on the Poetry Foundation's Harriet Blog blog October 3, 2012 

The Colorado Review.  "Anamnesis," by Lucy Ives.  October 7, 2010.  Online.


The Bloomington Community Orchard


The Community Kitchen


Butler Park Community Garden

Garden Leader

Poetry Out Loud

Judge  Bloomington HS South

Active Memberships

Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP)

Midwest Popular and American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)