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Research and Teaching Interests: Folklore/Fairytales, Creative Writing, Community Writing, Nature Writing, Poetry

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  • A.A.S., Jefferson State Community College, Biology
  • B.A., University of Alabama at Birmingham, English/Creative Writing
  • M.A., University of Alabama at Birmingham, English/Creative Writing/Poetry

Halley Cotton is the managing editor of the Birmingham Poetry Review, contributing editor for NELLE, and production manager for both publications. She is the founding director of the SPARK Writing Festival, and her work has appeared in places such as The Greensboro Review, Poetry South, and Smokelong Quarterly, among others. She is the recipient of a 2022 State Council on the Arts Poetry Fellowship. Cotton teaches freshman composition and literature. When she’s not busy kayaking or finding four-leaf clovers, she’s studying folklore and writing/reading poetry.