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.

Blog Posts

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

Blog Archive

Links to work published online

"Jennifer Horne Wrestles with Her Conscience," Guest blog for The Story Prize, November 2014.

"Tineretului" (chapbook), in The Chapbook, Vol. 2, Fall 2013.

"Blue," October 2012 Birmingham Arts Journal.

"Business or Pleasure" in the Southern Women's Review.

"Why I Live At the Albert Pike Hotel" inMuscadine Lines.

"Other People's Dogs" in the Arkansas Literary Forum.

"Sixteen Going On" in Foliate Oak, March 2007 (not archived).

"1957" in PMS 11, 2012, at PMS: poemmemoirstory.

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