Betsy Bowen

Literature– Children’s Lit

Grand Marais, MN

January 1997


Betsy is a Woodblock Artist and children’s literature writer out of Grand Marais, MN. Her prolific work in printing and community building has become a heart of the North woods where she calls home. Her notable works include Antler Bear Canoe: A Northwoods Alphabet Year, Tracks in the Wild, and Gathering– A Northwoods Counting Book, she also illustrated books like Shingebiss: An Ojibwe Legend retold by Nancy VanLaan, A Wild Neighborhood by John Henrickkson, The Troll With No Heart in His Body by Lise Lunge-Larson, and a book of poetry by Jeff Humphries.

Betsy was raised in Chicago and has spent her life dedicated to doing what she loves in a community she loves, working commercial art jobs, at ski areas, and in tourism before forging her career as a woodcut artist and community figure. Betsy lives and works out of a restored Church in Grand Marais, and her work in the community has helped her career take root as placemaking.