A native Hoosier, Annette Sisson has lived in Nashville, Tennessee since 1988. She has published poems in many journals and anthologies and has been a featured reader at several poetry soirées. Her poetry chapbook is entitled A Casting Off (May 2019, Finishing Line Press). She won The Porch Writers’ Collective’s 2019 Poetry Prize (regional), received Honorable Mention in Passager’s 2019 Poetry Prize competition (national), and was named a BOAAT Writing Fellow for 2020 (national). She recently finished a full-length book of poetry, Small Fish in High Branches, and is questing for a publisher. Her favorite place to write is in the passenger seat of a car.
Annette invested in her family and career for many busy years and has been able to make room in her life for a regular writing practice only since 2017. She has been married to Jimmy Davis for 26 years, has three wonderful adult children, and is Professor of English at Belmont University, where she teaches literature and writing and has been an active part of the Belmont community since 1989. In addition to her teaching, she has held the position of Director of General Education, Director of the Master of Arts in English program, and Faculty Senate President—and has served faithfully on countless committees.
Currently Annette sits on the Board of Nashville Children’s Theater, where, since 2015, she has served in various leadership positions. She enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, baking, watching birds, choral singing, playing the piano, supporting local theater, and being part of a church community. She is an avid interpreter of dreams, mostly her own—but yours, too, if you share them with her. To keep her mind focused during meetings (and sometimes even during class discussions in the classes she teaches), she doodles incessantly.