Terry Ann Thaxton is a fifth-generation Floridian who spent most of her childhood roaming hundreds of acres of natural land surrounding her house. Much of the natural lands have since been bulldozed to make room for gated communities, and her childhood house is now a swanky restaurant. After graduating high school, she spent her twenties wondering why she wasn’t in college since, as a girl, other than the woods, school was her favorite place. Her father would not agree to pay for her (a girl) to attend college. At age 29, she decided to start college on her own. She earned her BA in English, followed by an MA in English, and then went on to earn her MFA from Vermont College. Her first book of poems Getaway Girl won the 18th Annual Frederick Morgan Poetry Prize, and her second book of poems The Terrible Wife was awarded the 2013 Florida Book Award--Bronze Medal. Her third book of poems Mud Song won the T.S. Eliot 2017 Poetry Prize.
Wednesday, April 3 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm
East Campus Building 8, 101
701 N Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando, FL 32825