My Blog

Be sure to check out my blog,
It's received a bunch of recognition and currently holds the number one spot on google search results for "anesthesia dolorosa mirror therapy," and the third spot for "anesthesia dolorosa."

Destination Wine Country

Look for my piece on outdoor cooking in Destination Wine Country, the fall issue. Unfortunately, they haven't got it online yet, but you can pick up a copy at news stands and at Pierre Lafonds.

My Writing for the Independent to Date



Electronic Poetics at SBMA

Gift for Regifting

Interview with Deva Premal

Dr. Mac's Music

Arts Fund Teen Mentorship

Perie Longo Invested as Santa Barbara Poet Laureate

Replay, the used toy store on De La Vina

Poetry Out Loud in Santa Barbara

Tamayo Retrospective at SBMA (Cover)

A Journey Through "Picture Stories: The Art of Europe and the Americas" At SBMA

Poets-in-the-Schools Program Changes Lives


Poetry Marathon at SBBAF

Paul Willis Visiting Home

Philip Levine at SBWC

Elizabeth Gilbert at UCSB

Reading in Honor of William Stafford

Reading for Dads and Kids

3 Questions with David Starkey

Interview with Christopher Buckley

Ray Bradbury/Gail Tsukiyama

Ojai Poetry Festival

First Half of Poetry Month in Santa Barbara

Mary Oliver At Campbell Hall, UCSB (Review)

Community Poetry Game on Arts Life

Poetry Out Loud on Arts Life

Review of Ted Kooser Lecture and Master Class

Interview with Ted Kooser

W.S. Merwin At Campbell Hall, UCSB (Review)


Popcorn Connoisseur

Fairview Gardens CSA

Chinese Christmas Eve

Chamomile Cafe

Spiritland Bistro


Starr King Rummage Sale


Peter Pan at the Lobero


Khasy Modisette and Friends

Art Reviews

Fall 2007/Winter 2008

Members Collect III at the Wilding

Edward Borein at the History Museum

Paintings/Poems at Artamo

Summer 2007

SB Art at East/West

Vessels Show at The Art Fund

Rafael Perea de la Cabada at Studio 3 East

Rooftop Crosses in Chiapas

Winter/Spring 2007

Buddha Abides at Sullivan Goss

Edgar Ewing at Sullivan Goss

Henry Chapman Ford at the Santa Barbara History Museum

UAM Architecture show

Julia Pinkham at Artamo

Linda Saccoccio at Caruso Woods

Surrealism at Sullivan Goss (Please note: this was heavily edited. I don't use the phrase "special place." Ever.)

Fall 2006

Alice Burr: A California Pictorialist Rediscovered. At the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Artists at Continent’s End: The Monterey Peninsula Art Colony, 1875-1907 at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Married 2 Art. At the Jewish Community Center

Phoebe Brunner at the Easton Gallery

John Nava at Sullivan Goss

Dali’s Divine Comedy. At UCSB’s University Art Museum

Mythic Visions: Yarn Painting of a Huichol Shaman At UCSB’s University Art Museum

Something New for Another Sunny Day At the Contemporary Arts Forum

Alia El-Bermani At Sullivan Goss

Spring 2006

Jack Mohr At Artamo Gallery

Buddha Abides At Caruso Woods

Behind the Scenes with Drawings: Renaissance to Rococo At the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Steve Huston at Sullivan Goss

Plant Portraits: The California Legacy of A.R. Valentien At the Wildling Art Museum

William B. Dewey and Patricia Hedrick at The Easton Gallery

Journey: Dan Eldon’s Images of War and Peace at the UCSB University Art Museum

Whitney Brooks Abbott at the Easton Gallery

Nicole Strasburg at Sullivan Goss

My Current CV



Laboratory Teaching Assistant, Writing Center, Santa Barbara City College, February 2011 –present

Writing Tutor, Cartwright Learning Center, Santa Barbara City College, August 2010 – February 2011

Private Tutor, including Math, Writing, and homework accountability, (K-12) fall 2009 – present

Volunteer Reading Specialist, Elizabeth Ann Clune Montessori School of Ithaca, (3-6 year-olds) winter and spring 2010

Alternative Instructor, Ithaca City School District, (K-12) fall 2009 – spring 2010

Instructor, Santa Barbara City College Continuing Education, (adults) fall 2007 – spring 2009

How to Write Quality Non-Fiction

Poetry Out Loud

Participant, Starr-King Parent-Child Workshop Co-op, (3-5 year-olds) fall 2007 – spring 2009

Instructor, Poetry out Loud, Santa Barbara Poets in the Schools, (high school) winter 2007, 2008

Assistant Teacher, Seasons Preschool, Santa Barbara, September 2006 – March 2007

Poet-In-Residence, Santa Barbara Poets in the Schools, (grades K-6) fall 2003 – spring 2008

Outreach Instructor, University of California, Santa Barbara, (grades 10-12) 2003 –2004

Workshop Assistant, Core Curriculum, The Coaches Training Institute, 2003

Instructor, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1998–2004

Writing 1: Approaches to University Writing

Writing2: Writing Across the Disciplines

Writing 2 Link: Writing for Art History

Writing50: Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Research and Writing on Meditation

Writing 109: Writing in the Visual Arts

Art History 156: The Art Historical Research and Writing Process

Lecturer, University of Southern California, fall 1998

Northern Baroque Art

Graduate Instructor, University of California, Berkeley, spring 1997

History of Art 1B: Reading and Writing about Art

Teaching Assistant, U. C. Berkeley, 1992-1993

Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art

Art History Survey, Renaissance to Modern


Freelance Writer and Editor, 2002 – 2011

Writing and Life Coach, This Life Coaching, 2002 – 2011

Writer, The Santa Barbara Independent, March 2006 – 2009

Exhibitions Intern, University Art Museum, Berkeley, Early Modern Art, 1994

Education Intern, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1989


C.P.C.C. Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, The Coaches Training Institute, 2004

Mentorship, Santa Barbara Poets in the Schools, under Perie Longo, Fall 2003

Ph.D. History of Art, University of California, Berkeley, 2000

B.A. Art History, Carleton College, magna cum laude, with Distinction, 1989


Article on Outdoor Cooking Areas, Destination Wine Country, Fall 2009

Art and Poetry Reviews, Features, Interviews, The Santa Barbara Independent, March 2006 – 2009, August 2008

mentioned in New Yorker online, Miller-McCune online

recognized by physician and medical writer Atul Gawande at

referenced in Brain article by V.S. Ramachandran

first google search result for “anesthesia dolorosa mirror therapy”

“Plugging in Poetry,” (cover above fold) Dana Foundation Arts Education in the News, March 2007


"Umbilical" and "Walnut Fruit," summer 2009, Stand
"The Art Historian Loses Her Sight" and "Landscape,"winter/spring 2009 , New Letters
"Angelus Mortis" and "Umbilical," fall 2008, Phoebe
"Venus of Willendorf," summer 2008, North American Review,
"Miscarriage," Spring/Summer 2008, Soundings East
"The Weird Vegetarian Poem,"2008, the anthology Hunger and Thirst
"Miscarriage," 2008, Mourning Sickness: Stories and Poems about Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss
"Veil," Spring 2008, MotherVerse
"Maw," May 2008, the anthology The Mom Egg
"Junkie," March 30, 2008, Mamazine
"Seraphim," March 2008, Literary Mama
"Minnesota," 2007, the anthology Alternatives to Surrender
"Nude," Fall 2007, Volume 33, number 4, California Quarterly
"Heavens Open," Fall 2007, The Handmaiden
"After Pentecost," Fall 2007, The South Carolina Review
"The Message Comes," "Born," and "Knowing," June 2007, Liaisons II:The R. D. Lawrence Commemorative Anthology
"Ardor" and "Nude," July 2007, Illuminations
"Miscarriage" and "Verliefd," Spring 2007, Zone 3
"The Heart has More Chambers," September 2000, The Mindfulness Bell
"Creation and Expulsion," Summer 1997, South Coast Writing Project Anthology


Founder and Organizer, Ecovillage Writer’s Group, fall 2009-present

Advanced Screenplay Re-writing Workshop, UCLA Writer’s Program Extension, acceptance by submission, winter and spring 2009

Writing Coverage: Story Analysis for Film, UCLA Writer’s Program Extension, spring 2009

Co-Founder, Mission Canyon Poetry Crafting Group, April 2007

Member of zeugma, online poetry crafting group by application only, December 2006

Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference Weekend Poetry Conference with Ted Kooser, March 2007

Advanced Poetry Crafting Group led by Perie Longo, summer 2005 - 2008

Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference, 2005 (Community of Voices Poetry Scholarship)

Non-violent Communication Leadership training, January – June 2005

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, A Residential Retreat with John Kabat-Zinn, February 2004

Santa Barbara Summer Poetry Workshop, 2003

Reader for ETS, Subject A Exams, Berkeley, California, 1998 and 2000

Fellow, Summer Institute in Composition, South Coast Writing Project, Santa Barbara, 1997


Adult Curriculum Committee, Starr-King Parent-Child Workshop, member 2007-2009

Course Development Project, Writing 50 on Meditation, UCSB Writing Program, spring 2004

Course Development Consultant, Art History 6B, UCSB, spring 1999

Consultant, Interactive University Project, Writing, Thinking and Art, U.C. Berkeley, 1997-98: Developed curriculum and trained teachers


Adult Curriculum Committee Chair, Starr-King Parent-Child Workshop, 2008-2009

Nominating Committee, Starr-King Parent-Child Workshop, spring 2009

Editor, Starr-King Parent-Child Workshop Development Projects, 2008-2009

Book Room Co-Chair, Starr-King Rummage Sale, winter 2009

Organizer, Community Poetry Game, Santa Barbara,, April 2007

Area Coordinator, Poetry Out Loud,, 2007

Grant Writer and Web/Blog Mistress, Santa Barbara Poets in the Schools, 2006-2008

2007 CAC grant award: $9,010

2006 CAC grant award: $6,900

2006 POL grant award (including NEA money): $1,750

New School Liaison, Santa Barbara Poets in the Schools, 2006

Co-Leader, Stillwater Sangha, 1999-2004

Led meditation sessions, Stewardship Committee, organized Days of Mindfulness

Organizer, Art History Graduate Student Instructor Training Workshops, U. C. Berkeley, 1997:

Secured grant money, coordinated and facilitated series of five workshops

Program Advisor, Carleton Off-Campus Studies Program in Amsterdam, 1996


"The Art Historian Loses Her Sight" nominated for Best New Poets 2009
"Ardor" nominated for a Pushcart Prize, fall 2007
"Verliefd" receives first honorable mention in the SBSPW fellowship competition, summer 2007

Community of Voices Poetry Contest Scholarship, SB Writer’s Conference, summer 2005

Dean's Dissertation Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, 1998

Kress Institutional Fellowship, University of Leiden, 1994-1996

Social Science Research Council Fellowship, 1994-1995

Full Scholarship, Seminar on Seventeenth-Century Dutch Culture for Art Historians, 1994

Berkeley Fellowship, U. C. Berkeley, 1990-1991, 1992-1994

Graduate Dean's Work Study/RA Fellowship, U. C. Berkeley, 1992-1993

Humanities Graduate Research Grant, U. C. Berkeley, 1993


Reader, Santa Barbara Poets at the Santa Barbara Book and Author Festival, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, September 27, 2008

Reader, Santa Barbara Poetry Series, Contemporary Arts Forum, February 2, 2008

Reader, Poems of Love, Wordly & Spiritual, Intimate and for the Planet, Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, April 29, 2007

Panelist, “Expressive Arts for Emotional Outlet,” Youth Summit, Santa Barbara, April 28, 2007

“Believing is Seeing: Rembrandt’s Bathsheba and the Framing of the Nude,” Renaissance Society of America Conference, University of California at Los Angeles, March 25, 1999.

“Critical Thinking in the Classroom,” Art History Graduate Student Instructor Training Workshop, University of California, Berkeley, August 21, 1997

“How Writing about Art Helps Students Write,” South Coast Writing Project Summer Institute, Santa Barbara, July 11,1997

“An Example of Early Modern European Urban Development: Amsterdam 1200-1700,” Carleton College Off-Campus Program in St. Petersburg, March 9 and 10, 1995

updated 9-7-10

My Independent Page: Beth Taylor-Schott

The good news: the Indy just got a new web site, and I've been able to update all my lovingly hand-crafted links below. (Thanks Matt and Mike!)

More good news: I have my own staff page on the new site where you can find links to all of my pieces as well.