Ann Campanella 

Formerly a magazine and newspaper journalist, I have been writing nonfiction, memoir and poetry for over 30 years. I've written poetry all of my life, starting in the first grade. At Davidson College, I had the opportunity to learn more about poetry from Anthony "Tony" Abbott, an amazing professor. My career as a journalist began shortly after my husband Joel and I were married. We lived in Atlanta, GA, and I was hired by Communication Channels, Inc., a magazine conglomerate. I worked my way up from editorial assist to assistant editor at Today's Living and Better Nutrition. I was eventually promoted to managing editor of Cashflow Magazine. Before my mother became ill with Alzheimer’s, my husband and I lived in Houston, TX, where I rode horses and worked as the executive editor of three editions of The Observer, a community newspaper, and later as the managing editor of the Conroe Courier, a daily newspaper. I was also a contributing editor for Horseman Magazine. While I enjoyed many aspects of newspaper work, the daily grind of hard news wore me down, and I felt compelled to nourish my soul through creative writing projects and spending time with horses. When my husband and I moved back to North Carolina to be closer to our family, I split my time between freelance writing and teaching riding lessons. We built a barn for my horse Crimson and my riding students' horses. When I discovered that Tony Abbott, my old mentor from Davidson College, was teaching poetry classes. my creative writing spirit caught fire again under his tutelage. I was honored to win the Poet Laureate Award twice from the North Carolina Poetry Society and thrilled to have my poetry read by Garrison Keillor on The Writers' Almanac. My award winning collection of poetry, What Flies Away, was published by Main Street Rag. Eventually, I began to spend most of my time on my pet project – Motherhood: Lost and Found – a memoir about my mother’s descent into Alzheimer’s at the same time I was trying to become a mother. After many miscarriages and much heartache, my husband and I were blessed with a beautiful baby girl. And several years later, my memoir was published. Through the years, I have enjoyed sharing my passion for writing and horses with my daughter, who is now a teenager. My family and our animals live on a small horse farm in North Carolina.
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