- Jennifer Horne
- 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!
Monday, April 18, 2011
Literary Season in Alabama
I always get a kick out of "literary season" in Alabama, which, in my mind, starts with On the Brink in Jacksonville in February and ends with the Alabama Writers Symposium the first weekend in May in Monroeville. It's mostly organized so as not to interfere with that other season in Alabama, the one that takes place in the fall. Last week was a good one: Wendy Reed and I turned in the final manuscript of our new collection of essays, to be titled Circling Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality (UA Press, forthcoming 2012); I had a great visit to Wallace Community College in Dothan, Alabama, where faculty, staff, and students made me feel very welcome as I gave a workshop and reading (thanks to Sally Buchanan for the photo); and, after a scary weather day on Friday, Saturday in Montgomery at the Alabama Book Festival held in Old Town (where we spied this bottle tree outside of Bottle Tree Pottery) was fine in all ways.
(Etymology-nerd note on the origin of the word tornado: it derives from the Spanish tronado, meaning thunder, and tornar, meaning to turn, so a tornado is a kind of turning thunderstorm.)