Terry Ann Thaxton, fifth generation Floridian, is the author of three collections of poetry: Getaway Girl (Salt, 2011), The Terrible Wife (Salt, 2013) which won the Florida Book Award Bronze Medal in 2014, and Mud Song (Truman State University Press). She has also published Creative Writing in the Community: A Guide (Bloomsbury, 2014) which is the result of over 15 years of providing creative writing workshops to marginalized people in the central Florida area. Her first publication was a news article when she was in fourth grade at Osprey Elementary School in Sarasota County, where she grew up. She is now professor of English at the University of Central Florida where she also directs the MFA in Creative Writing graduate program. She currently lives in Winter Springs, just north of Orlando, with her husband and their dog.