Frances Brinkley Cowden:
is author of several poetry books including View
from a Mississippi River Cotton Sack , Etchings across the Moon and Of Butterflies and Unicorns.
edited Voices International
, a quarterly literary magazine for three years when she
lived in Piggott, Arkansas.
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.
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.
was featured as one of 50 'Women Who Make a Difference' by Memphis Woman Magazine
in the July, 2001 issue.
has won state, regional and national awards in poetry, including the Louisiana Award
in 1999 given by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies
work has been published in a variety of literary magazines and anthologies.
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.
husband are members of Colonial Park United Methodist Church
Frances Brinkley Cowden, Memphis, Tennessee
, 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: www.grandmotherearth.com