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Dana Wildsmith was born in Macon, Georgia in 1952. She grew up in rural south Georgia, the daughter of a Methodist minister who was a Jungian scholar and social activist. At 19 she married a Navy man and attended colleges while following her husband's assignments up and down the east coast, finally graduating from Virginia Wesleyan College. After her husband's retirement from Active Duty he became manager of a three-hundred-year-old former rice plantation on the coast of South Carolina, where they lived for a few years situated between alligators in the marsh and the ghostly location of a former slave street. She and her husband now live on her family's land in north Georgia, in a 100-year-old converted cotton barn.

Wildsmith has been awarded residencies to The Atlantic Center For The Arts (where she studied under Fred Chappell, and Jonathan Williams), to Hedgebrook Writers' Colony, and most recently to Devils Tower National Monument where she was a writer in residence. In November 1999, she served as a John P. Kurlas Writer In Residence for the Fitton Center For the Arts, Hamilton, Ohio. Before moving to Georgia, Wildsmith worked as an Artist-In-The-Schools for the South Carolina Humanities Council. She was named a Poetry Fellow with the South Carolina Academy Of Authors in 1994. She has taught writing workshops throughout the southeast and has taught through the University of South Carolina's Creative Retirement Center. Among the writers workshops she has taught are: Southeastern Writers Association Workshop, The South Carolina Writers' Workshop, The South Carolina Festival Of Books, The Lowcountry Writers' Workshop, the Appalachian Writers' Workshop, and the Tennessee Mountain Writers Conference.

She is widely published in journals and magazines, including The Kentucky Poetry Review, The Chattahoochee Review, The Asheville Poetry Review, and Yankee. Her poetry is to be included in a forthcoming anthology of Appalachian Women Writers. In addition to her reading tape, Choices, published by Iris Audio Publications, she has published two chapbooks and one full length collection of poetry. Her first chapbook, Alchemy, was published in 1995 by Sow's Ear Press of Abingdon, Virginia, with a second printing issued that same year. Her first full length collection, Our Bodies Remember, was also published by Sow's Ear in May of 1999. Her second chapbook, Annie, was the winner of the University of South Carolina, Aiken, chapbook competition, and was published in November, 1999, by Palanquin Press.

As a woman who has spent her life moving, her poetry centers more on situation than a specific Sense of Place. In the words of essayist Amy Blackmarr, Wildsmith's poetry is "less narrative than scene, less word than image, less explanation than experience, which is the only certainty I know."

Dana Wildsmith's publications are available from their respective publishers. For the reading tape, Choices, consult our online catalog. Alchemy and Our Bodies Remember ($12.00) can be purchased from Sow's Ear Press, 19535 Pleasant View Drive, Abingdon, VA, 24211-6827, (540) 628-2651, richman@preferred.com. Annie ($5.00) can be purchased from Palanquin Press, 11 Inverness West, Aiken, SC, 29803-5982, 803-642-3992, phebed@aiken.sc.edu