Glenda Bailey-Mershon

Poet, Fiction Writer

Columbia, SC 29016

Author's Bio

Glenda Bailey-Mershon is a mountain-born poet, essayist, and fiction writer. She loves whimsy but also drilling into hard questions. Being born into several cultures helps her look at everything through a multirefractory lens. Her novel, Eve’s Garden (Twisted Road), about three generations of Romani-American women, and her poetry chapbooks Bird Talk(Wild Dove) and sa-co-ni-ge/blue smoke (Jane’s Stories) are examples. Her nonfiction has appeared in The Daily Beast, Drunken Boat, and various newspapers and anthologies, her flash in several journals, and her poetry scatters from the UK to France to the Appalachians.

Publications & Prizes


Eve’s Garden (Twisted Road Publications, 2014)


sa-co-in-ge/blue smoke/Poems from the Southern Appalachians (Wild Dove Press, 2004)
Bird Talk (Wild Dove Press, 1998)

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Connie May Fowler, Camille Dungy, Sue William Silverman, Mark Doty, Louise Doughty, Ira Sukrungruang.

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Appalachian, Asian American, Native American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, At Risk Youth, Teenagers
Fluent in: 
English, French, Spanish
Born in: 
Anderson, SC
South Carolina
Raised in: 
Greenville, SC, SC
South Carolina
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Last update: Oct 14, 2021