Dr. Felicia Mitchell, professor at Emory & Henry College, has recently had her latest book of poetry, "Waltzing with Horses," published.
Mitchell was born in Sumter, South Carolina, and moved with her parents and three brothers to North Carolina, where she spent her early childhood in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach. In 1966, she moved with her family to Columbia, South Carolina, where she attended the University of South Carolina. She spent four years working in Athens, Georgia, before moving to Austin, Texas, to get a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin. In Austin, she became active as a poet and taught her first poetry workshops through the Texas Union Informal Classes program.
At Emory & Henry College, she received the William Carrington Finch Award for Faculty Excellence and the James A. Davis Faculty Award. In addition to publishing poetry and nonfiction in journals, anthologies and chapbooks, she has written articles for journals such as "College Composition and Communication," "Mid-American Review" and "Poets & Writers Magazine."
Her latest book has received rave reviews, including this by Philip Lee Williams. "This beautiful, magnificent book touched me almost beyond words. Felicia Mitchell is a poet whose voice matters, and here she enters a rare and healing place of art and grace. This volume, with its spare, moving words, will be with me for the rest of my days."
She holds a book signing at Zazzy'z Coffee House, Abingdon, Va., Sept. 4 from 5-8 p.m.