Born in Ellensburg, Washington, poet Belle Randall earned a BA at the University of California Berkeley, an MA at Stanford University, and a second MA at the University of Washington. Her precise use of form and meter often shapes portraits of both observed life and interior states. She is the author of the poetry collections 101 Different Ways of Playing Solitaire and Other Poems (1973) and The Coast Starlight (2010). She coedited Exploding Flowers: Selected Poems of Luis Garcia (2004) with Richard Denner.
Her honors include a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, Poetry’s Inez Boulton Award, Waywiser Press’s Anthony Hecht Prize, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Founding poetry editor of the interdisciplinary journal Common Knowledge, Randall lives in Seattle, where she has taught at Cornish College of the Arts and in the University of Washington extension program.