Here to help us celebrate Independent Bookstore Day and National Poetry Month, Jennifer Horne, Alabama’s Poet Laureate, will be in the house from 10am to noon signing her latest poetry collection, Borrowed Light.
What are the sources of light we live by? How do we sustain ourselves when times are dark? In Borrowed Light, Jennifer Horne uses an architectural term that refers to bringing sunlight to rooms without windows as a metaphor for finding illumination through nature, art, dreams, and other people. Seeking “light, perspective, something new,” Horne imagines a world in which both choice and serendipity play their parts, and writing is the key to the discovery of new ways forward.
Jennifer Horne is the current Poet Laureate of Alabama. In addition to writing, she teaches classes, leads workshops, and edits books. Most recently, she was the visiting writer-in-residence at Lenoir-Rhyn University in Hickory, NC. Horne has been awarded fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Seaside Institute of Florida. She also received the 2015 Druid City Literary Arts Award (Tuscaloosa) and was chosen to present the 2015 Rhoda Coleman Ellison Lecture at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL.
In addition to Borrowed Light, Jennifer has published two previous poetry chapbooks, as well as two poetry collections: Bottle Tree and Little Wanderer. Additionally, she has written a book of short stories, Tell The World You’re a Wildflower, in the voices of Southern women and girls. She has edited numerous books, including Working the Dirt: An Anthology of Southern Poets, All Out of Faith (with Wendy Reed), and Belles’ Letters II, an anthology of short fiction by Alabama women (with Don Noble.) She is currently working on a biography of writer Sara Mayfield.