Bright Stain, Spring of 2019

My first poetry collection has found a home at Red Hen Press, my dream publisher! Already, I've gotten unbelievable support from editor Kate Gale and the rest of the Red Hen staff in the way of editing the work itself and preparing myself to market and promote my book. I'm bursting with pride to be a Red Hen poet, to be a part of the work of this incredible press. Watch for Bright Stain in spring of 2019, launching at AWP in Portland. Check back here for details as my book tour takes shape, and check out all that Red Hen Press is up to at

A Love That Hovers Likes a Bedeviling Mosquito

There's a beautiful book in the world, and my name is on it!  A Love That Hovers Likes a Bedeviling Mosquito,  a collection of gorgeous love poems by Shatha Abu Hnaish, translated from Arabic by Francesca Bell and Noor Nader Al A'bed, has just gone to press in Jordan. This bilingual collection is being published by the amazing Dar Fadaat with a stunning cover image by the Syrian painter Safwan Dahoul. 


upcoming readings

Monday, January 8, 2018

Rivertown Poets AMuseing Mondays: Francesca Bell and Jodi Hottel will read at Aqus Café, 189 H Street, Petaluma, CA 94952. Reading begins at 6:15. Featured readers followed by open mic, 3-minute limit.


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Poetry & Literature Reading—Poet Laureate's Showcase: Francesca Bell and Victoria Patterson with Kate Buckley
Laguna College of Art + Design Gallery
374 Ocean Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Event: 7:00pm - 9:00pm - The reading will be followed by a Q&A & book signing