Anna Lena Phillips Bell is a poet, teacher, editor, printer, and the author of Ornament, winner of the Vassar Miller Prize. Her artist’s books and print objects include A Pocket Book of Forms, a travel-sized guide to poetic forms, and Forces of Attention, a series designed to help people mediate their interactions with screened devices. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in magazines including 32 Poems, Colorado Review, the Southern Review, Subtropics, Michigan Quarterly Review, International Poetry Review, and Quarterly West, and in anthologies including A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia, Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing Within the Anthropocene, and  Big Energy Poets: Ecopoetry Thinks Climate Change.

Bell is the 2019–2021 Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for Eastern North Carolina, and is the recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in literature, as well as awards and scholarships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Southern Women Writers Conference, and Penland School of Crafts.

She teaches in the creative writing department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and is the editor of Ecotone, the literary magazine that seeks to reimagine place, and Lookout Books. She formerly served as senior editor for American Scientist, for which she remains a contributing editor. She calls ungendered oldtime Appalachian square dances in piedmont North Carolina and beyond.

She grew up in upstate South Carolina.

Other Proflections

This site is a projection of its maker and should not be mistaken for a complete representation of the maker, nor for the maker herself. Other proflections via these good places: UNC WilmingtonEcotone, American Scientist, North Carolina Arts Council fellows directory, Have Book Will Travel.

Sometimes: Instagram @annalenasproflection; occasionally: Twitter @aproflection.


This site was made by the author in WordPress and based on the Imbalance 2 theme.

The nameplate is set in Huxley Vertical. The text was letterpress printed in 48-point type in March 2012 at Asheville Bookworks. It’s the title of a poem that originally appeared in International Poetry Review in 2011, and which was set in 18-point Univers and printed by the author in an edition of 35. The poem appeared online in Redux in August 2014, and can be read here.