Irene Latham is a poet and novelist who writes heart-touching tales of unexpected adventure. Her debut midgrade historical novel LEAVING GEE'S BEND (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2010) is set in Alabama during the Great Depression and was named a Bank Street College Best Book, a SIBA finalist, a Crystal Kite Finalist and 2011 ALLA Children’s Book of the Year. . Her next novel DON'T FEED THE BOY will be released by Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan October, 2012.
A resident of Birmingham, Alabama, since 1984, she has published over 170 poems of various books, journals and anthologies, including two full-length collections: WHAT CAME BEFORE, which was named Alabama State Poetry Society's book of the Year and earned a 2008 Independent Publisher's (IPPY) Award, and THE COLOR OF LOST ROOMS, which was awarded the Writer's Digest 19th Annual Self-Published Book Prize for poetry. Irene's poems have also appeared in Scholastic's Storyworks and Scope magazines.
Irene loves exploring new places and often uses "research" as an excuse to travel. Her favorite characters in books and real life are those who have the courage to go their own way.
Member since 2005
Region: Southern Breeze (Alabama/Georgia)
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