My first full-length poetry collection, Wait ‘Til You Have Real Problems, was published by Dzanc Books in 2014.  My second chapbook, The Octopus, won the Gertrude Press Chapbook Contest in 2015 and was published in 2016.   (A previous chapbook, Two Shakespearean Madwomen Vs. The Detroit Red Wings, was published in 1998 and is long out of print.)  My poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies and have won awards including a Pushcart Prize.

Below are links to some of my poetry and prose available online.  (Scroll to bottom for video.)


  • Marchxness: “Cloven Tongues Like As Of Fire” (essay on Babes in Toyland’s “Bruise Violet” for the 2021 March Plaidness tournament)
  • The Rumpus: “Unsettled Terrain” (Review of Rummage by Ife-Chudeni A. Oputa)



The Michigan Daily: “Artist Profile: Scott Beal writes poetry with a purpose”

Ann Arbor Observer: “Chicken Soup for the Lesbian Nun Soul”

The Rupture: “A Place Worth Staying: An Interview with Scott Beal”

Public Writing: “Interview with Scott Beal, Co-Host of Skazat!”

Midwestern Gothic: “Contributor Spotlight: Scott Beal”

Speaking of Marvels: “Scott Beal” (Interview re: The Octopus)

Geosi Reads: “Interview with American Poet, Scott Beal”

The Communicator: “Writer Profile: Scott Beal” (a real blast from the past)


Awkward Diary, 4.5 Stars:

Sometimes I Wonder If Those Were the Droids We Were Looking For…:

(with animation by Eddie Jackson)

I Have Come to Spit Hot Fire:

Chicken Soup: