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Ann Howells is a Board Member of Dallas Poets Community, a 501-c-3 non-profit. She served as president from 2009-2012 and again in 2014. She is a member of the Academy of American Poets and was named a "Distinguished Poet of Dallas" in 2001. Senior editor of Illya’s Honey since 1999, she recently took the journal to an online format. Her own poems appear in many literary journals and anthologies both here and abroad. Ann has been interviewed on Writers Around Annapolis television, read on NPR (Atlanta), and nominated four times for Pushcarts. She participates in bringing poetry into the schools, elementary through university, and is a frequent reader at conferences and festivals around Texas and beyond. she holds a BS from Shepherd college and worked as a cryomycology research assistant in Maryland. After moving to Texas in 1979, she taught oil painting for the City of Carrollton. Her chapbook, Black Crow in Flight (2007), is still available at www.mainstreetrag.com, and her book, Under a Lone Star, with illustrations by J. Darrell Kirkley, will be released by Village Books Press early in 2016.