Anna Journey

(1980 / Virginia / United States)

Biography of Anna Journey

Anna Journey (born November 1980, in Arlington, Virginia) is an American poet who was recently awarded a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry. She is the author of two collections of poetry: If Birds Gather Your Hair for Nesting (University of Georgia Press, 2009), which was selected by Thomas Lux for the National Poetry Series, and Vulgar Remedies (Louisiana State University Press, 2013). She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Southern California, where she is an Assistant Professor of English.

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Mississippi: Origins

My parents come from a place where all the houses stop
at one story

for the heat. Where every porch—front
and back—simmers in black screens that sieve

mosquitoes from our blood. Where everyone knows
there's only one kind of tea:

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