This Fragile Husk
by Beth Grindstaff
Beth Grindstaff has been writing poetry since she could hold a crayon. From a very young age, words both captivated and enthralled her, and she made it her business to harness their power to the best of her ability. She had a poem published in a local newspaper when she was 13, and went on to be a regular contributor to her high school and college literary magazines, The Warcry and Echoes and Images, respectively. She has had work published in several other anthologies, including Fresh Breath and The Golden Wings. In April 2013 she won a poetry slam hosted by ETSU and was subsequently invited to interview and read her work on Women on Air, a weekly radio show aired on WETS-FM.
Beth has experienced many losses, trials, and challenges in her lifetime, including the sudden death of her father in 2009 and a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 2015. She works hard to be a light in the world, to remain positive, to hold love as the highest ideal, and to thrive in spite of her difficulties. She hopes her work will offer respite and harbor to those weathering their own storms.
Beth is also an avid cyclist and animal lover and enjoys spending time with her family. She lives in Johnson City, Tennessee, with her amazing partner, a cat named Mrs. Pooh, and the apple of her eye: a rescued pit bull/boxer mix named Abby.