Typus Orbis Universalis

Typus Orbis Universalis

Welcome

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.

Blog Posts

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

Blog Archive

Bookshelf

Bookshelf

  • ~A Hive for the Honeybee, by Soinbhe Lally
  • ~Living Things: Collected Poems, by Anne Porter
  • ~The Old Ways, by Robert MacFarlane
  • ~One Big Self, by C.D. Wright
  • ~The Art of Travel, by Alain de Botton
  • ~When Women Were Birds, by Terry Tempest Williams
  • ~A Novel Bookstore, by Laurence Cosse
  • ~The Story of Chicago May, by Nuala O'Faolain
  • ~Telling Lives: The Biographer's Art, edited by Marc Pachter
  • ~The Day-to-Day Life of Albert Hastings, with photographs by Kaylynn Deveney

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