Anna Lena Phillips Bell is a poet, teacher, editor, and maker. Her first poetry collection, Ornament, was selected for the Vassar Miller Prize and released by the University of North Texas Press in spring 2017. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in magazines including 32 Poems, Colorado Review, the Southern Review, Southern Poetry Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, International Poetry Review, the Hopkins Review, Really System, and 111o, and in anthologies including A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia, Big Energy Poets: Ecopoetry Thinks Climate Change, the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, and The Southern Poetry Anthology Vol. VII: North Carolina.

She is the recipient of a 2015 North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in literature, a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Southern Women Writers Conference Emerging Writers Award in poetry, a 2012 Nazim Hikmet Poetry Competition award, and 2008 and 2009 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg poetry prize, as well as the Durham County Arts Council’s Ella Fountain Pratt emerging artist grant, and an emerging artists’ winter print residency at Penland School of Crafts.

She releases artist’s books and other objects under the imprint To Do in the New Year. Projects include A Pocket Book of Forms, a travel-sized guide to poetic forms, and Forces of Attention, a series of printed objects designed to help people mediate their interactions with screened devices.

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 and book-review editor for American Scientist, covering ecology, art-science connections, and natural history; she remains a contributing editor for the magazine. She calls 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.

See also: plants, poems, printing, & visual miscellany on Instagram @thenewnewyear; occasional notes on the Endearments, an anagrammatic poetry project, at endearments.net; and infrequent notes on printing, poetry, and the like at tditny.tumblr.com.


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.