Years: 2001, 2003
Traci Dant has a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Washington University in St. Louis. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Illinois Arts Council. Her work has been published in Crab Orchard Review and featured on NPR's "The Writers Almanac".
In 2010, a collection of her poetry for children will be published by Marshall Cavendish.
She currently lives in Oswego, Illinois with her husband and two children.
A Twice Named Family I comefrom a familythat twice namesits own.One namefor the world.One namefor home.Lydi, Joely, Door,Bud, Bobby, Bea,Puddin, Cluster, Lindy,Money, Duddy, Vess.Yes,we are a two-named familycause somebody way back knewyou needed a nameto cook chitlins in.A nameto put your feet up in.A namethat couldn't befired.A name that couldn't be denied a loan.A namethat couldn't beaskedto gothrough anyone's back door.Somebody way backknew we needed namesto be loved in.