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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 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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Biographical note

A short biographical note:
Raised in Arkansas and a longtime resident of Alabama, Jennifer Horne is a writer, editor, and teacher who explores Southern identity and experience, especially women’s, through prose, poetry, fiction, and anthologies and in classrooms and workshops across the South. Her latest book, Tell the World You’re a Wildflower (2014), is a collection of short stories in the voices of Southern women and girls. Her new collection of road and travel poems, Little Wanderer, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2016. With Don Noble, she is editing Belles’ Letters II, an anthology of short fiction by Alabama women, and she also is at work on a biography of writer Sara Mayfield.

The full biographical note:
Jennifer Horne is a native of Arkansas and has lived for many years in Alabama. Educated at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, and at the University of Alabama, where she received an MFA in Creative Writing, she now teaches in the Honors College at the University of Alabama. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Seaside Institute in Florida and has worked as a teacher in college, high school, elementary school, international, and prison classrooms, and as a journal, magazine, and book editor. She received the 2015 Druid City Literary Arts Award, given by the Tuscaloosa Arts Council and gave the 2015 Rhoda Coleman Ellison Lecture at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL and has been a finalist in several poetry contests: the Alabama Launchpad Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference 2014, a project of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama and the Birmingham Cultural Alliance; the Auburn Witness Poetry Prize Honoring Jake Adam York, 2014; and the Arkansas Arts Center Ekphrastic Poetry Contest, 2012.
Her book Working the Dirt: An Anthology of Southern Poets (2003) brought together over 100 poems about farming and gardening in the South, and her collection of poems, Bottle Tree: Poems (2010) focused on Horne’s experiences as a southern woman. She is also the author of two poetry chapbooks, Miss Betty’s School of Dance and Tineretului. Her two co-edited books (with Wendy Reed), All Out of Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality (2006) and Circling Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality (2012), have received acclaim for the high quality of the essays and their contribution to discussions about religion in the American South. Tell the World You’re a Wildflower (UA Press, 2014) is a collection of loosely interwoven stories in the voices of southern women and girls of different ages and backgrounds. Tell the World You’re a Wildflower has been selected for the TRIO series, curated by Shari Smith and in conjunction with SIBA, which matches an artist and a musician with a southern author. Her story “The Other Shoe” appears in The Shoe Burnin’: Stories of Southern Soul (2013). In 2016 her second collection of poems, Little Wanderer, will be published by the Irish publisher Salmon Poetry.
The daughter of a poet and a lawyer, Horne grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, and has lived in Alabama since 1986; she is married to writer, editor, and literary interviewer Don Noble and lives in Cottondale, Alabama. She holds a BA in the Humanities from Hendrix College, and an MA in English, an MFA in Creative Writing, and an MA in Community Counseling, all from the University of Alabama.
She currently is at work on a biography of Sara Mayfield. Her article on Mayfield, “Sara Mayfield: A Woman of Her Times,” has been accepted for publication in Alabama Heritage magazine in 2016, and she gave the opening address for the International Fitzgerald Society meeting in Fall 2013 on Sara Mayfield and her connection to Zelda Fitzgerald; that address has been revised to appear in a collection of papers given at the conference.

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