Typus Orbis Universalis

Typus Orbis Universalis


I’m a writer, editor, and teacher, and I enjoy connecting with readers and other writers. On November 1, 2017, I was commissioned Alabama's Poet Laureate, for a four-year term. I grew up in Arkansas and have lived for many years in Alabama, although I’ve also lived abroad, in England and Romania, and have traveled extensively in Ireland and Greece. I’ve written two collections of poems, "Little Wanderer" (2016) a collection of road and travel poems, and "Bottle Tree" (2010), which focuses on my experiences as a southern woman. I’ve also written "Tell the World You’re a Wildflower," a collection of loosely interwoven short stories in the voices of southern women and girls. I love to put together collections as well, and I edited "Working the Dirt: An Anthology of Southern Poets," and co-edited, with Wendy Reed, "All Out of Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality," and "Circling Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality," as well as "Belles’ Letters II: Contemporary Fiction by Alabama Women," co-edited with Don Noble. I’m currently working on a memoir-influenced book about Scott and Zelda biographer Sara Mayfield as well as a new collection of short stories.

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Bottle Tree arrives!

Yesterday was a red-letter day--a big box bearing my copies of Bottle Tree arrived at the door. I was tempted to hug the UPS guy but restrained myself. (Is this common among authors receiving their books?) By the way, here's where the phrase "red-letter," meaning "memorably happy," comes from: "the practice of marking in red the holy days in church calendars" (American Heritage Dictionary). Well, here's to a memorably happy day!


  1. Great review by Kathleen Thompson in Alabama Writers Forum. Congratulations Jennifer!

  2. I just finished the thirteenth "bottle," and what an experience! You found words that express all of my mixed and chaotic thoughts/feelings about being Southern. A truly cathartic experience to travel that maze with you.