Alice N. Persons
She grew up in the Army and graduated from high school in Arlington, Virginia. She has a B.A. (1973) and M.A. (1976) in English from the University of Oregon. She moved to Portland, Maine in 1983 to attend law school, and has a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law.
Persons has worked as a copy editor, bartender, waitress, and secretary. She has taught English at a high school, community colleges and a university. Since 1984 she has been teaching business law part-time at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.
She began writing poetry and publishing in small literary journals in the early 1980s. During and after law school, she took a long hiatus from writing. Her first poetry chapbook was Be Careful What You Wish For, published in 2003. The second, Never Say Never, came out in 2004. In 2007 her third chapbook was published, Don't Be A Stranger. She received a Pushcart Prize nomination, and six of her poems have been featured on The Writer's Almanac on National Public Radio. She has published poems in various paper and online journals. Her work has been anthologized in A Sense of Place, Grace Notes, InfiniTea, and the Moon Pie Press anthologies. (See the Sheltering Pines Press website at www.shelteringpinespress.com)
In 2003, she co-founded Moon Pie Press, a small poetry press, with Nancy A. Henry, and since 2006 has continued the press alone. The press has published 40 books of poetry from poets all over the U.S.
She lives in Westbrook, Maine with 3 cats and a dog, and volunteers for animal welfare organizations. She also volunteers for Port Veritas, a performance organization based in Portland, Maine. She has served as a poetry judge and guest editor for several contests and anthologies.