Poetry. The landscapes of East Texas lie at the heart of LETTING MYSELF IN. Author Anne McCrady is a native. She knows her place and its people; she knows the weather, the plants and animals, the light. She knows how hard it is, when you have put down roots, to pick up and move on, to say goodbye. But always in these poems there is the optimism of the title, a willingness to embrace what comes next.
Anne McCrady's poetry and creative nonfiction appear in journals, anthologies and arts magazines, including The Texas Review, Texas Poetry Calendar, Borderlands, REAL, Windhover, Concho River Review, Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas, and English in Texas. She won the Edwin M. Eakin Memorial Book Publication Award with Along Greathouse Road. Under a Blameless Moon won the Pudding House Chapbook Prize. McCrady's poetry has garnered national recognition, including the NFSPS Founders Award, the Burning Bush Prize, and two Pushcart nominations. Her poetry has been featured by the NPR Twitter feed, the Occupy Poetry web site, and the Museum of Fine Art, Houston. Her essay "Speaking the Unspoken" appears in WINGBEATS: EXERCISES AND PRACTICE IN POETRY (Dos Gatos Press, 2011). Passionate about social justice, McCrady is a frequent speaker and workshop leader, offering literary, inspirational, and storytelling presentations. A lifelong naturalist, McCrady received a chemistry degree with a minor in biology from Stephen F. Austin State University. She has spent her life in East Texas and now lives in Tyler, with her husband, Mike. Author City: TYLER, TX USA