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Shepherd alumna publishes third poetry book

By Staff | Mar 25, 2016

Shepherd College (now Shepherd University) alumna Ann Howells has published “Under a Lone Star,” a volume of illustrated poems about Texas.

Illustrated by J. Darrell Kirkley of Dallas, the book was published by Village Books Press in February 2016.

A Maryland native, Howells graduated from Shepherd in 1964, and moved to the Dallas area in 1979.

Her other volumes include “Black Crow in Flight,” Main Street Rag (2007), and a limited edition chapbook, “The Rosebud Diaries,” Willett Press (2012).

Howells is currently editing an anthology of Dallas/Ft. Worth poets to be released this summer, “Cattlemen and Cadillacs.”

A longtime member of Dallas Poets Community (DPC), online at dallaspoetscom.org, she’s been interviewed on J.W. Clark’s television show, Writers Around Annapolis, and had her work read on NPR (Atlanta). She has edited DPC’s biannual journal, “Illya’s Honey,” now online at www.IllyasHoney.com, for 14 years.

In 2009, she took first place in The Legendary’s Bukowski Contest. In 2006, she took first in Southwest Writers’ Club Poetry Competition.

Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and once for a Best of the Web, her work appears in many small press and university journals and anthologies, including Borderlands, Calyx, Crannog (Ire.), Free State Review, and RiverSedge. She serves on advisory boards and panels for various literary organizations, and is often solicited as a judge for poetry competitions.