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Background Information

Employment History

Editor and Publisher

Grandmother Earth

Newsletter Editor

Poetry Society of Tennessee

Newsletter Editor

National League of American Pen Women

Arts and Letters Member

National League of American Pen Women

Local and District Officer

United Methodist Women


Grandmother Earth

Life Press publishing company.

Life Press Christian Writers Association

Honorary Member
Poetry Society of Tennessee

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Director: Frances Brinkley Cowden

9:00 Welcome and Introductions: Frances Brinkley Cowden, founder of Life Press Christian Writers Association and editor/publisher of Grandmother Earth and Life Press.
9:25 Creating a Character for Tellable Stories.
3:15: Inspirations through Life Experiences: Roundtable discussion led by Frances Cowden
Frances Cowden

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Frances Brinkley Cowden: Grandmother Earth

Frances is author of several poetry books including View from a Mississippi River Cotton Sack , Etchings across the Moon and Of Butterflies and Unicorns. She edited Voices International , a quarterly literary magazine for three years when she lived in Piggott, Arkansas. She has published and edited an annual literary magazine, Grandmother Earth, for seven years; and has edited two collections of children's writings, To Love a Whale andWindows to the World. Other collections she edited include: Our Golden Thread, Toward Imagery and Form, and Angels: Messengers of Love and Grace.
Cowden is back teaching art in Memphis City Schools after over five years of retirement. During those years she built her publishing company and worked with The Memphis Arts Council teaching creative writing in Memphis area schools. She has taught English and Art and is a Career Ladder III teacher.
Cowden has served on the board of the following and was President of all but one and served as newsletter editor of PST and NLAPW (Chickasaw Branch) for over ten years in each organization: The Poetry Society of Tennessee, Memphis City School Art Teachers Association, National League of American Pen Women (arts and letters member), Memphis Association of Craft Artists. She served as local and district officer of the United Methodist Women and taught Bible studies in her church. In 1989, she was named Poet Laureate of the Poetry Society of Tennessee. 1999--Named Honorary Member of the Poetry Society of Tennessee. 1999--Woodlawn Award for Excellence in Poetry given by the Cookeville Creative Writers Association to one poet each year. 2000-- Purple Iris Award given to a business women for contributions to the community by the National Organization of Business Women in Memphis and Her BusinessNewsand other Memphis Businesses. She was featured as one of 50 'Women Who Make a Difference' by Memphis Woman Magazine in the July, 2001 issue. She has won state, regional and national awards in poetry, including the Louisiana Award in 1999 given by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Her work has been published in a variety of literary magazines and anthologies. She was born on June 30, 1939 in Mississippi County, Arkansas, is married to Coy Dean Cowden. The mother of four children, she has three sons who have businesses in the Memphis area and a daughter who is an attorney. There are 25 grandchildren. She and her husband are members of Colonial Park United Methodist Church.
Frances Brinkley Cowden, Memphis, Tennessee
Frances, I understand that you are a great promoter of writing talent in the area, with poetry, religious non-fiction, and even a sponsored writer's
You can order any of Mrs. Cowden's works and those of other Mid-South writers on her webpage at:

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Frances Cowden, founder of Grandmother Earth and Life Press publishing company.

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Frances Cowden, Poetry Society of Tennessee

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Frances Brinkley Cowden, Editor and PublisherP. O. Box 2018Cordova, TN 38088

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