Creative Writing

Anna Lena Phillips Bell

assistant professor
editor & art director, Ecotone
editor, Lookout Books

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Anna Lena Phillips Bell




MFA, Emerson College, 2006
BA, Guilford College, 2000






Ornament book cover

Ornament (2017, University of North Texas Press, winner of the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry)

Anna Lena's work appears or is forthcoming in places including 32 Poems, Colorado Review, the Southern Review, the Southern Poetry Anthology Vol. VII: North Carolina, the Raintown Review, Southern Poetry Review, the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Really System, Canary, and 111O.

Book Arts

Smaller Songs, 2020

chapbook from St. Brigid Press


A Pocket Book of Forms, 2014
A travel-sized guide to poetic forms


  • Artists' Books Cornucopia VI, 2015, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO (juried)
  • Bookopolis 2014, Asheville Bookworks (curated)
  • Lipscomb Gallery, 2014, Greenville, SC (curated)
FOA Forces of Attention no. 1, 2013
A print and essay designed to assist users in managing time spent online

Honors & Awards

  • Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for Eastern NC, 2019-2021
  • Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, 2016
  • North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship, 2015
  • Virginia Center for Creative Arts residency, 2014
  • Penland School of Crafts winter letterpress residency, 2013
  • Southern Women Writers Conference Emerging Writers Award in poetry, 2012
  • Nazim Hikmet Poetry Competition, 2012
  • Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities residency, 2012
  • Durham County Arts Council Emerging Artist grant, 2011
  • Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg prize, 2009
  • Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg prize, 2008

Anna Lena Phillips Bell is editor of Ecotone and its sister imprint, Lookout Books. She teaches the Ecotone practicum as well as special-topics courses in publishing, including developmental editing, copyediting, and book arts. She formerly served as senior editor and book-review editor for American Scientist, covering ecology, art-science connections, and natural history; she remains a contributing editor for the magazine. She was a founding editor of Fringe, and poetry editor of the journal for its seven-year run. Her projects include A Pocket Book of Forms, a fine-press guide to poetic forms, and Forces of Attention, a series of printed objects designed to help people mediate their interactions with screened devices. She calls Appalachian square dances in piedmont North Carolina and beyond.


The Endearments:
A poem and essay at Redux