Jennifer Horne

Poet, Fiction Writer

P.O. Box 62
Cottondale, AL 35453

Author's Bio

Jennifer Horne served as the twelfth Poet Laureate of Alabama from 2017-2021. Raised in Arkansas and a longtime resident of Alabama, Horne is a writer and editor of prose, poetry, and fiction who has taught creative writing in a variety of settings, in university, conference, and prison classrooms, abroad and close to home.


Her latest book is a collection of poems, a chapbook titled Borrowed Light, from Mule on a Ferris Wheel Press. Her previous collection, Little Wanderer, was published in Ireland by Salmon Publishing. Tell the World You’re a Wildflower is a collection of short stories in the voices of Southern women and girls.  She is also the author of two other poetry chapbooks and another poetry collection, Bottle Tree, and the editor of Working the Dirt: An Anthology of Southern Poets. With Wendy Reed, she co-edited the essay collections All Out of Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality and Circling Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality. With Don Noble, she edited Belles’ Letters II, an anthology of short fiction by Alabama women. Her current projects are a biography of the writer Sara Mayfield, a collection of poems about her late father, and a co-edited collection of essays about southern women, aging, and creativity.


She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Seaside Institute in Florida, and in 2015 she gave the Rhoda Ellison Lecture at Huntingdon University in Montgomery, Alabama and was awarded the Druid City Literary Arts Award, given by the Tuscaloosa Arts Council. For the spring semester of 2018, she was the Visiting Writer-in-Residence at Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina.


Her web page and blog, “A Map of the World,” are at:







Publications & Prizes


Tell the World You're a Wildflower (University of Alabama Press, 2014)


Motif: Writing by Ear (Motes Books, 2009)
Whatever Remembers Us (Negative Capability Press, 2007)
Little Wanderer (Salmon Poetry (Ireland), 2016)
Bottle Tree (WordTech Editions, 2010)
Working the Dirt: An Anthology of Southern Poets (as editor) (NewSouth Books, 2003)
Arkansas Literary Forum
Birmingham Arts Journal
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Fan Magazine
Lonzie's Fried Chicken
Mars Hill Review
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Old Red Kimono
Poets On
Sycamore Review
Voices International
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2015 Druid City Literary Arts Award, given by the Tuscaloosa Arts Council

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Last update: Mar 14, 2022