Jennifer Horne

Jennifer Horne


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I’m a writer, editor, and teacher, and I enjoy connecting with readers and other writers. I grew up in Arkansas and am a long-time resident of Alabama, and in November 2017 I was commissioned Alabama Poet Laureate, for a four-year term. My latest book is a poetry chapbook, "Borrowed Light," and my current writing project is a biography of the writer Sara Mayfield. I call this blog "A Map of the World" because I think that, as writers, we each map our own lives, imaginations, and world. Welcome to my particular map!

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Below you'll find occasional blog posts, as the spirit moves me.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Finishing Projects

I often (always?) have too many different creative projects going at once. Yesterday I took down the "story board" I had made for a collection of short stories I've been working on for several years. I'm calling the book Land of Opportunity because all of the stories are set in Arkansas and I always liked the old state motto. Taking down the physical representation of the book's stories and organization marked a turning point--it feels finished, and this weekend I sent out five stories for consideration at various journals. Three have already been published online: “Why I Live At the Albert Pike Hotel,” at; “Other People’s Dogs,” at; and “Sixteen Going On,” in Foliate Oak (that archived story is no longer available online). I still have the Arkansas license plate pinned to the board, along with the most astute advice I ever found in a fortune cookie: "Now is a good time for a bit of solitude."

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