Letters for My Daughter, consists of poems about the relationship between a mother and daughter. It begins at the daughter's birth and extends to her marriage and beyond. In this case, the daughter deals with several illnesses. The poems are universal, as every child will have some problems, physical, mental, or behavioral in the process of becoming an adult. The problems may not be the same as the ones included here, but mothers are likely to understand the trepidation with which such problems are approached and eventually overcome.
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Ann Howells’s poetry appears in such journals as Borderlands, Calyx, Concho River Review, Crannog, Iodine, Little Patuxent Review, Spillway, and a variety of anthologies including: Goodbye, Mexico and The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VIII: Texas (both Texas Review Press) and Pushing the Envelope, Texas Weather Anthology, and Wise-Ass Poetry Anthology (all Lamar University Press). She has served on the board of Dallas Poets Community, 501-c-3 non-profit, since 2001, and has edited Illya’s Honey since 1999, recently going digital (www.IllyasHoney.com) and taking on a co-editor. In 2001, she was named “Distinguished Poet of Dallas;” she won first place in Southwest Writer’s Poetry Competition in 2006 and in The Legendary’s Bukowski Contest in 2009. She has been a finalist in several national chapbook/book competitions, including Southern Hum in 2006, NavWorks in 2007, and Off the Grid in 2015. Her chapbook, Black Crow in Flight, is from Main Street Rag Publishing, 2007. Her first book, Under a Lone Star, is from Village Books Press, 2016. Cattlemen & Cadillacs, an anthology of Dallas/Fort Worth poems that she is editing, will be released in early summer (Dallas Poets Community Press). Ann has been read on NPR, interviewed on Writers Around Annapolis television, and nominated four times for a Pushcart, twice for a Best of the Net.
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