Beth Finke Author

NPR commentator Beth Finke is an award-winning author, teacher, journalist and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant. She also happens to be blind.

“To face extraordinary challenges with grace and courage is remarkable in itself. To write about it as eloquently as Beth Finke does is a gift.” — Jean Thompson, author of  She Poured Out Her Heart


Upcoming Events

Gentleman walking dog

April 24 and 25, 2017, Keynote speaker for Wisconsin AER / Vision & Orientation and Mobility Professionals Conference, Holiday Inn Hotel & convention Center, 1001 Amber Ave., Stevens Point, WI. Beth will be signing copies of her new book Writing Out Loud on Tuesday morning, 4/25.

Fish swimming

March 30, 2017, Thursday, 1 to 3 pm: Panelist, Accessibility and Inclusion, Shedd Aquarium Department on Planning and Design. Panel of 4 will share their experience with various disabilities. Chicago, IL 312.692.3315

February 24, 2017, Friday, 5:30 pm: Victory Gardens Theater Access project, Disability and the Arts Program. 2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, ILL 60614. 773-328-2130

Group of Kids

February 6, 2017, Monday, 1:15 pm: Presentation to 2nd graders at Frances Xavier Warde School, Old St. Patrick’s Campus, 120 South DesPlaines Street, Chicago, IL  60661  312-466-0700.

Preschoolers drawing

January 10, 2017, Tuesday, 10am – 11am: Presentation for preschoolers at Kindi Academy, 5801 Westview Lane, Lisle, IL  60532, 630-560-4900.

Seeing eye dog

November 29, 2016, 12:30 to 1:50pm, Guest Lecture, Animal Science 250: Companion Animals in Society:  University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences, Urbana, IL.

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Mondays with Mike: Real life comes calling

February 27

As many of you know, our son Gus lives in a group home in Wisconsin that is operated by Bethesda Lutheran Communities. Gus is developmentally disabled, and he lives with three other developmentally disabled men in a yellow ranch home in a bucolic little burg called Watertown. Some terrific people have cared for Gus and […]

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A new look at Fifty Couples Over Fifty

February 25

A writer in my Monday memoir class named Hugh wrote an essay about a very cool photography exhibit his wife Bobbe Wolf  put together. Fifty Couples Over Fifty is a series of pictures she took of couples she knew decades ago. An updated version is on exhibit again now — I’ll let Hugh explain the […]

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Just this one Tuesday with Mike: We have liftoff!

February 21

Thanks to the talent and persistence of Beth’s publisher, Golden Alley Press, the technical glitches have been un-glitched, all the blog posts and you wonderful subscribers have been relocated, and… YOU ARE HERE! And so am I! Pretty nice, ain’t it? We hope you find it easier to find all things Beth—blog, upcoming appearances, etc.—in […]

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