Rosemary Daniell

Hi, kids – Here’s the short version, as per the “exorcise” we have in Zona Rosa that requests that we write a three-sentence bio (well, actually, I did it in two!):
I was born to beautiful, crazy parents, the high school dropout and wild older sister who, by all rights, should have paid the price. But instead I was blessed – and despite that I married the wrong man four times, and two of my adult children turned out to have long-standing and suffer from difficult illnesses, I was able to become the writer I had always dreamed of being and to travel the world and meet many wonderful people, and my books helped many of them.
And Here is The big brag, or “official” version:
ROSEMARY DANIELL’S  most recent publication is “The One Who Breaks My Heart,”  included in Sugar in My Bowl: Real Women Write About Real Sex, edited by Erica Jong and published by Ecco/Harper Collins. Her book, Secrets of the Zona Rosa:  How Writing (and Sisterhood) Can Change Women’s Lives, in May, 2006. Its prequel, The Woman Who Spilled Words All Over Herself:  Writing and Living the Zona Rosa Way, was published in 1997. Her revolutionary memoir, Fatal Flowers: On Sin, Sex and Suicide in the Deep South,1980, won the 1999 Palimpsest Prize for a most-requested out-of-print book, and was re-issued that same year. Along with her second memoir, Sleeping with Soldiers, it was a forerunner of the current memoir trend. She is the author of five other books of poetry and prose, including and her collection of essays, Confessions of a (Female) Chauvinist, 2001, a novel, The Hurricane Season, 1992; two collections of poetry, A Sexual Tour of the Deep South, 1975, 1994 and Fort Bragg & Other Points South, 1987. Among her awards are two N.E.A. Fellowships in creative writing, one in poetry, another in fiction. In addition her features and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines and papers, including Harper’s Bazaar, New York Woman, Mademoiselle, The New York Times Book Review and Mother Jones; she has also been a guest on many national radio and television shows, such as Merve Griffin, Donahue, The Diane Rehm Show, Larry King Live and CNN’s “Portrait of America.” She is profiled in the book Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975. In 2008, she received a Governor’s Award in the Humanities for her impact on the state of Georgia; early in her career, She instigated and led writing workshops in women’s prisons in Georgia and Wyoming, served as program director for Georgia’s Poetry in the Schools, and worked for a dozen years in Poetry in the Schools programs in Georgia, South Carolina, and Wyoming. Also known as one of the best writing coaches in the country, she is the founder and leader of Zona Rosa, a series of creative writing workshops in Savannah and Atlanta, and cities throughout the world, as described in People and Southern Living magazines, and attended by such outstanding writers as John Berendt, Bruce Feiler, Pat Conroy and Cassandra King. To date, over 85 Zona Rosans have become published authors. For further information, see Rosemary’s web page at
            “Rosemary Daniell is one of the great writing teachers I’ve seen at work in the country.” – Pat Conroy
            “(Daniell)  has…proved just how earthy, inspiring, and even rapturous her take on the creative process can be.” – People
             “Rosemary Daniell is enormously gifted.  Her work is risky – in the best sense of the word.  She is one of th women by whom our age will be known in times to come.” – Erica Jong

3 Responses

  1. Love the blog! Look forward to more!

  2. Rosemary Daniell,

    Larry Rubin, whom I met in Richmond at the CEA conference this spring, recommended I contact you about setting up a reading in Savannah. I’ll be in town June 4-7 for another conference and my colleague Jason Schneiderman and I were hoping to offer a reading, perhaps with a local poet or two. I’ve included brief bios. Any help would be much appreciated and, of course, this coming out of left field and all and fairly last minute, any help at all would be a boon and certainly is not expected. I hope you are well and writing happily.


    Jim Tolan

    James Tolan is author of Red Walls (Dos Madres Press). His poems have appeared in American Literary Review, Atlanta Review, Fairy Tale Review, Indiana Review, Linebreak, Margie, Ploughshares, and the Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, among other journals and anthologies. He is co-editor of the forthcoming New America, an anthology of contemporary literature, (Autumn House Press), holds a Ph.D. from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and teaches at the City University of New York.

    Jason Schneiderman is the author of Striking Surface, winner of the Richard Snyder prize from Ashland Poetry Press, and Sublimation Point, a Stahlecker Selection from Four Way Books. His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, The Best American Poetry, Grand Street, The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, Story Quarterly, and Tin House among other places. He has received fellowships from Yaddo, The Fine Arts Work Center, and The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He was the recipient of the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America in 2004. He currently directs the Writing Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

  3. Rosemary’s writing and teaching talents are especially effective because of her
    generosity of spirit and abundance of support to her students.

    I am fortunate to be one of those students.

    M’Lynn Childers, Charleston, SC

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