Fagin received degrees in literature and creative writing from Vassar College and Brooklyn College. She completed her MLS degree in Information Studies at the University of Maryland. While there, she was an American Library Association Spectrum Scholar.
In 2011, Betsy served as a Librarian for the People’s Library of Occupy Wall Street. She was a writer-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council during 2012-13. She served as Editor for the Poetry Project Newsletter from 2015-2017, and was awarded a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Poetry.
A longtime meditation practitioner, Betsy Fagin is a qualified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. (Also recognized at Brown University’s Mindfulness Center.) She teaches yoga and meditation in New York City centered on developing resource for the work of social justice and collective liberation.