Official Biography


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Press Releases: Dear Wandering Wildebeest | Don’t Feed the Boy | Leaving Gees Bend | The Color Of Lost Rooms
The Sky Between Us
Book Covers: Antarctica | Fresh Delicious | Dear Wandering Wildebeest | Don’t Feed the Boy | Leaving Gees Bend | The Color of Lost Rooms | The Sky Between Us

Questions & Answers:

Q and A about CAN I TOUCH YOUR HAIR? (with Irene Latham and Charles Waters)


Q and A about POETRY

Q and A about DON'T FEED THE BOY


School Visits:

Chelsea High School (Chelsea, AL), Hobbs Elementary (Camden, AL), Wilcox Academy (Camden, AL), Salem Elementary (Orrville, AL), Oakwood University, Thompson Intermediate (Alabaster, AL), Berry Middle (Hoover, AL), South Smiths Station Elementary (Smiths Station, AL), Islander Middle School (Mercer Island, WA), Vestavia Hills Elementary East (Vestavia, AL), Vestavia Hills Elementary Central (Vestavia, AL), Prince of Peace Catholic School (Hoover, AL), Underwood Elementary (Florence, AL), Wilson School (Florence, AL), Riverhill Academy (Florence, AL), Gresham Elementary (Vestavia, AL), Inverness Elemenetary (Birmingham, AL), Aucilla Christian Academy (Monticello, FL), Walter Jackson Elementary (Decatur, AL), Somerville Road Elementary (Decatur, AL), Lake View Elementary (McCalla, AL), Desert Island Supply Co. (Woodlawn, AL), Gadsden State Community College (Gadsden, AL), Chelsea Park Elementary (Chelsea, AL), Forest Oaks Elementary (Chelsea, AL), Inverness Elementary (Birmingham, AL), Florence Academy of Fine Arts (Florence, AL), Waterloo High School (Florence, AL), McBride Elementary School (Muscle Shoals, AL), John S. Jones Elementary (Gadsden, AL), Oscar Adams Elementary (Gadsden, AL), GW Floyd Elementary (Gadsden, AL), Jefferson State Community College - Shelby campus (Birmingham, AL), Crestline Elementary (Mountain Brook, AL), Eura Brown Elementary (Gadsden, AL), Hampton Cove Middle School (Owens Cross Road, AL), Lauderdale County High School (Florence, AL), Shoals Christian School (Florence, AL), Anderson Elementary School (Florence, AL), Golden Gate High School (Naples, FL), Rock Quarry Middle School (Tuscaloosa, AL), Goldsmith-Schiffman Elementary (Huntsville, AL), Birmingham-Southern College (Birmingham, AL), University of West Alabama (Livingston, AL), Chelsea Intermediate, Straughn Middle School (Andalusia, AL), Monroe County High School (Monroeville, AL), Alabama Christian Academy (Montgomery,AL), Mountain Brook Elementary (Mountain Brook, AL), Brookwood Forest Elementary (Mountain Brook, AL), Cherokee Bend Elementary (Mountain Brook, AL), Judson College (Marion, AL), University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL), University of Alabama Gadsden Center, Homewood Middle School, Thompson Intermediate School, Bruno Academy (Birmingham, AL), University of Alabama – Birmingham (AL), Inverness Elementary (Birmingham, AL), Underwood Elementary (Florence, AL), Brooks Elementary (Killen, AL), Riverhill School (Florence, Alabama), Hibbett Middle School (Florence, AL), Barrett Elementary (Birmingham, AL), Wesley Lakes Elementary (McDonough, GA), University of Montevallo (Montevallo, AL), Pizitz Middle School (Vestavia Hills, AL), Central School (Florence, AL), Wilcox Academy (Camden, AL), Camden School of Art and Technology (Camden, AL), W.J. Carroll Intermediate (Fairhope, AL), Fairview Elementary (Heiskell, TN), University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL), Trussville High School (Trussville, AL), Rolling Hills Elementary School (Huntsville, AL), Liberty Park Middle School (Vestavia Hills, AL), Central Elementary School (Blytheville, AR), Blytheville Middle School (Blytheville, AR), Collegeville Elementary School (Bryant, AR), Reeltown School (Notasulga, AL), Berry Middle School (Hoover, AL)

Skype Visits:

Forest Oaks Elementary (Chelsea, AL), Hollis Elementary School (ME), George E. Jack Elementary School (ME), Patton Middle School (Kennett Square, PA), Iberia Parish (New Iberia, LA), North River Christian Academy (Tuscaloosa, AL), Jackson County Central Middle School (Lakefield, MN), Lee School (Springfield, IL), Cherokee Bend Elementary (Birmingham, AL), Mitchellville Elementary (Mitchellville, IA), Glacier Ridge Elementary (Dublin, OH), Vincent Middle High School (Vincent, AL), State Street School Room 209 (Skaneateles, NY), Hillcrest School (Lebanon, MO), The Phoenix School (Salem, MA), Mitchellville Elementary (Mitchellville, IA), Southaven Public Library (Southaven, MS), Jefferson State Community College - Shelby campus (Birmingham, AL), Crestline Elementary (Mountain Brook, AL), Eura Brown Elementary (Gadsden, AL), Hampton Cove Middle School (Owens Cross Road, AL), University of Central Arkansas (Conway, AR), Golden Gate High School (Naples, FL), Clark Middle School (Winchester, KY), Terrill Middle School (Scotch Plains, NJ), Patton Middle School (Kennett Square, PA), Buckhorn High School (New Market, AL), Meek Elementary School (Arley, AL)

Library and Museum Visits:

Homewood Public Library (Homewood, AL), Rogersville Public Library (Rogersville, AL), Decatur Public Library (Decatur, AL), Anniston Museum of Natural History (Anniston, AL), JCLC Youth Services Roundtable (Birmingham, AL), Sheffield Public Library (Sheffield, AL), Muscle Shoals Public Library (Muscle Shoals, AL), Trussville Public Library (Trussville, AL), Daphne Public Library (Daphne, AL), First Regional Public Library (Hernando, MS), Emily J. Pointer Public Library (Como, MS), Huntsville-Madison County Public Library (Huntsville, AL), Walnut Gallery (Gadsden, AL), Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library (Bismarck, ND), Lafayette County – Oxford Public Library (Oxford, MS), Hammonds House Museum (Atlanta, GA), South Fulton Arts Center (Atlanta, GA), Gadsden Public Library (Gadsden, AL), Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach, SC, Emmet O'Neal (Mountain Brook, AL), New York Public Library - Mulberry Street Branch (NY), Flint Institute of Art (Flint, MI), North Shelby Public Library (Birmingham, AL), Hoover Public Library (Hoover, AL), Florence-Lauderdale Public Library (Florence, AL), Springville Road Public Library (Birmingham, AL), Leeds Public Library (Leeds, AL), Dauphin Island Parkway Public Library (Mobile, AL), Birmingham Public Library (Birmingham, AL), Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library (Benton, AR), Calera Public Library (Calera, AL), Alys Stephens Center (Birmingham, AL)

Bookstore signings:

Ernest & Hadley (Tuscaloosa, AL), The Bookshelf (Thomasville, GA), Barnes & Noble, Jones Valley (Huntsville, AL), Yellow Book Road Bookstore (San Diego, CA), Beehive Books (Monroeville,AL), Brooke's Bookstop (McCalla, AL), Coldwater Books (Tuscumbia, AL), Davis-Kidd Bookseller (Memphis, TN), Books of Wonder (New York City), The Voracious Reader (Larchmont, NY), Flint Institute of Art Museum Store (Flint, MI), Milestone Books (Birmingham, AL), Books a Million (Florence, AL), The Bookstore (Huntsville, AL), Page & Palette (Fairhope, AL), Bienville Books (Mobile, AL), Lemuria Books (Jackson, MS), Sherlock’s Books (Lebanon, TN), Black Belt Treasures (Camden, AL), Davis-Kidd Bookseller (Nashville, TN), Square Books, Jr. (Oxford, MS), Carpe Librum Books (Knoxville, TN), That Bookstore (Blytheville, AR)

Book Festivals and Conferences:

Writer's Anonymous (Pell City, AL), Georgia COMO (Athens, GA), Poetry Camp: Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA), Mississippi Book Festival (Jackson, MS), 2016 Alabama Writers Conclave (Birmingham, AL), 2016 ASLA - Corner High School (Dora, AL), 2016 Texas Library Association (Houston, TX), Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival (Hattiesburg, MS), 2016 Birmingham Public Library Local Author Expo (Birmingham, AL), 2016 Alabama Library Association (Gadsden, AL), Bismarck Cancer Center Leadership Team Conference (Bismarck, ND), SCBWI Southern Breeze WIK15 (Birmingham, AL), Alabama School Library Association 2015 summer conference (Birmingham, AL), InSpero Magic City Storytellers event (Birmingham, AL), SCBWI Southern Breeze WIK14 (Birmingham, AL), SCBWI Southern Breeze WIK12 (Birmingham, AL), Alabama Library Association (Huntsville, AL), Alabama School Library Association 2013 summer conference (Birmingham, AL), Kentucky Book Fair (Frankfort, KY), Louisiana Book Festival (Baton Rouge, LA), National Council of Teachers of English - NCTE (Las Vegas, NV), Chattahoochie Valley Writers’ Conference (Columbus, GA), Black Belt Symposium (Livingston, AL), Historical Novel Society (San Diego, CA), Huntsville Literary Association (Huntsville, AL),Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival (Hattiesburg, MS), Alabama Library Association (Orange Beach, AL), ACETA (Tuskegee, AL), Write in the Middle (Montevallo, AL), Auburn Writers Conference (Auburn, AL), SCBWI Southern Breeze WIK10 (Birmingham, AL), SCBWI Mid South (Nashville, TN). Alabama Reading Association (Birmingham, AL), Mississippi Library Association (Vicksburg, MS), Southern Christian Writers Conference (AL), Red Mountain Writing Project (AL), Southern-Breeze SCBWI Springmingle (Atlanta, GA), Virginia Festival of the Book (Charlottesville, VA), Alabama Book Festival (Montgomery, AL)

Print: Florence Times Daily, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Hoover Sun, Florence Courier Journal, Shelby Living Magazine, Naples News, Florence Times Daily, The Courier News, Author Makes Connection (PDF), Currents, Stitching Together A Story (PDF), Portico, Local Author Challenges Childern (PDF), UAB Magazine The Wilcox Progressive Era, Gadsden Times, Birmingham Parent Magazine, Shelby County Reporter, Birmingham Parent magazine, Portico magazine, 280 Living, Fairhope Courier, Courier Journal, Florence Times Daily, News Observer

Online Press: Poetry Tea Time, Mountain Times, Port St. Joe Star, Books & Coffee, Hope for Women Magazine, Nerdy Book Club, Cynsations, Sharing Our Notebooks, The Poem Farm, Poetry For Children, Kirby's Lane, Shine Memoirs, See Jane Write, The Other Side of the Story, Publisher's Weekly (Fay B. Kaigler 2013),, Publisher’s Weekly (SIBA), No Water River (video of Irene reading "Dolphin Learns to Spin"), Writing with Cheryl, Author Amok (habit #19 of Highly Effective Poets), Jama Rattigan,Negative Capability (interview), Left Bank of the Coosa, AL.COM, Cynsations, Books Are My Thing, Sacramento Book Review, Barb's Favorites, IMPCL Kids, Birmingham Magazine, Love Books A-Z, ALAN's Picks, Musings of a Book Addict, Book Lovers Inc. (Irene on Fate), Joelle Anthony, Writing Snacks, Through the Wardrobe, Lindsey Leavitt, Doraine Bennett (interview), Amy Brecount White, Other Shelf Tours, The Children's Book Reporter, Saundra Mitchell, April Nichole, Liyanaland!, Liyanaland! part 2, Elevensies, Shrinking Violets Promotions, Linda Gerber, Sarah C. Campbell (video), Mindi Scott, Elizabeth O. Dulemba, Denise Jaden, Quilter's Muse, Publisher's Weekly, DeepFriedKudzu (interview), Juvenescence (interview), Teaching Authors (interview), Publisher's Weekly, Publisher's Weekly In Brief, Media Darlings, sharpread, I Read Banned Books, Bermuda Onion, Check it Out, The OWL for YA, Mother Daughter Book Club, Green Bean Teen Queen, There's A Book, Roots in Myth, The Children's Book Review, The Book Monsters

Pat Sloan's Creative Talk Radio, 7-19-10

WBHM Tapestry - All Things Considered with Andrew Yeager

Television: WAAY-31 Morning Show (Huntsville, AL), WVTM Channel 13 Birmingham - Midday Show with Rod Carter

Quilting Groups: West Alabama Quilt Guild (Tuscaloosa, AL), Birmingham Quilters Guild (Birmingham, AL), Batting Brigade Quilt Guild (Florence, AL), Brown Sugar Stitchers (Atlanta, GA), Heritage Quilters of Huntsville (Huntsville, AL), Alabama Folklife Association (Gee's Bend, AL)