So Long as We Speak Their Names

So Long as We Speak Their Names

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Ann Howells was born, raised, and educated in the Chesapeake Bay area of Maryland. She moved to Texas in 1979. In 1990 she joined Dallas Poets Community, a workshop and service group, and served on its board through 2018. She joined the staff of Illya’s Honey poetry journal, becoming its editor in 1999. In 2012, she moved the journal from print to digital format and took on a co-editor. (www.IllyasHoney.com). The journal finally closed its doors in 2017.

 Ann presents frequently at literary conferences and festivals and is often solicited to serve on advisory boards and panels and to judge poetry competitions. She is particularly fond of working with students and conducts workshops and readings in schools, elementary through college. In 2001, she was named a “Distinguished Poet of Dallas” by the city. Her books include Under a Lone Star (Village Books Press, 2016) which was illustrated by Dallas artist, J. Darrell Kirkley, and Cattlemen &

Cadillacs, an anthology of Dallas/Fort Worth poets which she edited (Dallas Poets Community Press, 2016). She read her work and was interviewed on the television show, Writers Around Annapolis in connection with the first of her four chapbooks, Black Crow in Flight (Main Street Rag, Editor’s Choice 2007).

 Another chapbook, Softly Beating Wings (Blackbead Books, 2017), was published as the winner of that year’s William D. Barney Memorial Chapbook Competition. Her poetry appears widely in small press and university publications here and abroad, including Spillway, Little Patuxent Review, and Calyx in this country, Magma in England, and Crannog in Ireland. She has been seven times nominated for a Pushcart.

 Ann lives in Dallas with her husband, daughter, and two dogs. She is a voracious reader, not only of poetry but of novels, particularly Scottish noir. Three things you may not know about her: she still uses a flip phone, she has wind chimes in her car, and she has been known to go into withdrawal after three days without Mexican food.

Paperback: 111 pages

Publisher: Kelsay Books (November 4, 2019)