Rosemary Daniell

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Portrait of Rosemary Daniell by her daughter, Darcy, at age 9.

ROSEMARY DANIELL’S collections of poetry include A Sexual Tour of the Deep South (Holt, Rinehart & Winston; Push Button Publishing) and Fort Bragg & Other Points South (Henry Holt & Company); a chapbook, The Feathered Trees, was edited by Georgia Poet Laureate David Bottoms and published by Sweetwater Press. Her recently completed memoir is My Beautiful Tigers: Forty Years as the Mother of an Opioid Addicted Daughter and a Schizophrenic Son. Her book, Secrets of the Zona Rosa: How Writing (and Sisterhood) Can Change Women’s Lives, was published by Henry Holt and Company. Its prequel, The Woman Who Spilled Words All Over Herself:  Writing and Living the Zona Rosa Way, was published by Faber & Faber. Her memoir, Fatal Flowers: On Sin, Sex and Suicide in the Deep South (Holt, Rinehart & Winston; Henry Holt & Company; Hill Street Press) won the 1999 Palimpsest Prize for a most-requested out-of-print book, and was re-issued that same year. Along with her second memoir, Sleeping with Soldiers (Holt, Rinehart & Winston; Hill Street Press), which was also published as part of the Book of the Month Club’s Library of Erotic Classics, it was a forerunner of the current memoir trend. Her other books include a collection of essays, Confessions of a (Female) Chauvinist (Hill Street Press), and a novel, The Hurricane Season (William Morrow & Company). Among her awards are two N.E.A. Fellowships in creative writing, one in poetry, another in fiction, as well as the William Wisdom-William Faulkner gold medal in poetry.

“Bleeding Heart,” by Darcy Daniell, February 28,1959-November 14, 2020

In addition to her many publications in literary magazines, her features and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines and papers, including Harper’s Bazaar, New York Woman, Mademoiselle, The New York Times Book Review and Mother Jones; she has also been a guest on many national radio and television shows, such as Merve Griffin, Donahue, The Diane Rehm Show, Larry King Live and CNN’s “Portrait of America.” She is profiled in the book Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975. In 2008, she received a Governor’s Award in the Humanities for her impact on the state of Georgia; early in her career, she instigated and led writing workshops in women’s prisons in Georgia and Wyoming, served as program director for Georgia’s Poetry in the Schools, and worked for a dozen years in Poetry in the Schools programs in Georgia, South Carolina, and Wyoming. Also known as one of the best writing coaches in the country, she is the founder and leader of Zona Rosa, a series of creative writing workshops in Savannah and Atlanta, and cities throughout the world, as described in People and Southern Living magazines, and attended by such outstanding authors as John Berendt, Bruce Feiler and Pat Conroy. To date, almost 300 Zona Rosans and counting have become published authors.

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