Anna Lena Phillips Bell is a poet, writer, printer, teacher, and editor. Bell is the author of Ornament, winner of the Vassar Miller Poetry Prize, and the chapbook Smaller Songs, released by St Brigid Press in September 2020. Poems appear in journals including the Southern Review, Electric Literature, the Sewanee Review, 32 Poems, and Subtropics, and in anthologies including Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing within the Anthropocene and A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia. Recent projects include SEND WORD, a letter-writing station, and Forces of Attention, a series of letterpress-printed objects designed to help people use screened devices as they wish.

Bell is the recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in literature, and the winner of the 2021 Winter Anthology Award. Her work has been supported by the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Marble House Project, and Penland School of Crafts. She formerly served as senior editor at American Scientist, covering botany, ecology, and art-science connections, and in 2013 became editor of Ecotone, the award-winning literary magazine that seeks to reimagine place, and Lookout Books, at UNC Wilmington. An assistant professor of creative writing in UNCW’s MFA and BFA programs, she lives with her family near what is now called the Cape Fear River, and calls ungendered Appalachian square dances in North Carolina and beyond.

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