Judy Jordan’s first book of poetry, Carolina Ghost Woods, won the 1999 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, the 2000 National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as the Utah Book of the Year Award, the OAY Award from the Poetry Council of North Carolina, and the Thomas Wolfe Literary Award. Her second book of poetry, Sixty Cent Coffee and a Quarter to Dance, was published by LSU press. Her third book, Hunger, was published by Tinderbox Editions. Her fourth book Children of Salt is forthcoming from Tinderbox. She has recently completed a novel, Broken Days, Broken Hearts and is currently working on a memoir, My Mama, My Sweet Nelly. Jordan built her own environmentally friendly earthbag and cob house off-grid surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest, and teaches creative writing at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.