Jeanie Thompson

Alabama Writers' Forum P.O. Box 4777
Montgomery, AL 36104-4777
(334) 221 5013

Author's Bio

Award-winning poet, educator, and arts advocate, Jeanie Thompson has published five collections of poetry, The Myth of Water: Poems from the Life of Helen Keller, The Seasons Bear Us, White for Harvest: New and Selected Poems, Witness, which won a Benjamin Franklin Award from the Publishers Marketing Association and How to Enter the River. Her work has appeared in Antaeus, Crazyhorse, Ironwood, North American Review, New England Review, Southern Review, and others. She has received fellowships from the Louisiana State Arts Council and the Alabama State Council on the Arts. She is director of the Alabama Writers’ Forum and is a poetry faculty member of the Spalding University low-res MFA Writing Program. Jeanie holds the MFA from the University of Alabama where she was founding editor of Black Warrior Review literary journal. She lives in Montgomery, Alabama.

Publications and Prizes

How to Enter the River
(Holy Cow! Press, 1985)
, The Myth of Water, Poems from the life of Helen Keller
(University of Alabama Press, 2016)
, The Seasons Bear Us
(River City Publishing, 2009)
, White for Harvest: New and Selected Poems
(River City Publishing, 2001)
, Witness
(Black Belt Press, 1995)
All Out of Faith: Southern Women and Spirituality
(University of Alabama Press, 2006)
, High Horse
(Louisville Review, 2005)
, Stone River Sky: An Anthology of Georgia Poems
(Negative Capability Press, 2015)
, Thirty Three
(Negative Capability Press, 2014)
Black Warrior Review, Confrontation, Missouri Review, Ploughshares, Southern Humanities Review, Southern Review, Story South, The Southern Women's Review
Prizes Won: 
Alabama State Council on the Arts Artist Fellowship in Literature, 2011 and 1999. Louisiana Council on the Arts, Artist Fellowship in Literature, 1986.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Dime Store by Lee Smith
Sunrise Becomes the World: Poems by Louie Skipper
Orient Express by Graham Greene
American Happiness: Poems by Jacqueline Allen Trimble

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Decatur, AL
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Last updated: Jul 21, 2016