Anna Lena Phillips Bell is the author of Ornament, winner of the Vassar Miller Poetry Prize, and Smaller Songs, a collection of poems in conversation with a book of English and Scottish ballads, released in a letterpress-printed edition by St Brigid Press in September 2020. Her poems appear in journals including the Southern Review, the Sewanee Review, 32 Poems, and Five Points, and in anthologies including Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing within the Anthropocene and Gracious: Poems from the 21st Century South.
Her current project, BELEAVE, is an exploration of threatened plant communities, and the human communities they support, in the US Southeast and beyond. Poems, prose, and prints from BELEAVE have been featured in A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia, Big Energy Poets: Ecopoetry Thinks Climate Change, Colorado Review, Five Points, and Shenandoah, and at Asheville Bookworks and Abecedarian Gallery.
Bell is the recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in literature, the Southern Women Writers Conference Emerging Writers Award in poetry, and a Winter Print Residency at Penland School of Crafts, where she set and printed a limited-edition poetry guide, A Pocket Book of Forms. Her work as a printer, released under the imprint To Do in the New Year, includes Forces of Attention, a series of objects designed to help people use screened devices as they wish.
She served as senior editor at American Scientist, covering botany, ecology, and art-science connections, before joining the creative-writing faculty at UNC Wilmington in 2013 as the editor of Ecotone, the award-winning literary magazine that seeks to reimagine place, and Lookout Books. She lives with her family near the Cape Fear River, and calls ungendered Appalachian square dances in North Carolina and beyond.
She grew up in what is now called upstate South Carolina.
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