Although my primary occupation is the field of music—piano teacher, church organist/music director, and public school music teacher—I have been writing poetry since childhood. A shy, sensitive child, I entertained myself by playing piano, writing songs with and without words, and reading every poem in the entire encyclopedia set, “The Book of Knowledge.” My elementary teachers fed my love for poetry and my need for creative expression. I think that music and poetry are sisters in the family of aesthetics.
I write because I must. When the muse throws down inspiration like golden manna from heaven, I catch it— that small taste of knowing—and savor it in my mouth. Then I spit out the words on paper, (figuratively) let them dry, and try to arrange them into a poem that another human being can digest.
While taking a creative writing class at UWA I was asked to write only free verse. It was hard for me at first, but now I'm hooked on alliteration and internal rhyme. I occasionally write traditional poems, songs, short shorts and memoirs.
Wynne Huddleston is a poet and music educator with a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. She studied graduate level creative writing at the University of West Alabama. Ms. Huddleston was born in Lone Star, Texas, but has lived in Mississippi most of her life. She was workshop presenter at the 54th Mid-South Poetry Festival in Memphis on Oct. 1, 2011 and was judge for the Best of the Fest. Secretary of the Mississippi Poetry Society and a board member of the Mississippi Writers Guild, her poetry has been published in:
Poets for Living Waters, Open Mic
Emerald Tales: Winter Solstice, Vol. 1, Special 3, p. 1
Waterways: Poetry in the Mainstream, Vol. 30, 4
Gemini Magazine, April 2010
Today in Mississippi
Enchanted Conversation, Issue 3
Enchanted Conversation Daughters of the Air Contest Winner!
Emerald Tales: Midsummer’s Eve, Vol. 2, No. 3 , p. 37
The Shine Journal, July 2010. author bio
From the Porch Swing – memories of our grandparents author bio
THEMA: Music and Math, How to Beat the Blues in Twelve Bars
Birmingham Arts Journal, Fall 2010, His Shirts, p. 33
joyful! September 2010
Camroc Press Review
Enchanted Conversation, Issue 4
Victorian Violet Press, Issue 5
Purple Poetry Book anthology 2010
Southern Women’s Review, Issue 4
Grandmother Earth XVII
Pond Ripples Magazine, Nov. 5, 2010
Pond Ripples Magazine, Nov. 20, 2010
EarthSpeak, Issue 5, Dec. 2010
Short, Fast and Deadly, i60
Cherry Blossom Review, Feb. 15
Halfway Down the Stairs, Haunted Issue, March 2
Mississippi Poetry Journal, 2011
The Mom Egg, Vol. 9
Words: A Poetry and Prose Anthology (Old Mountain Press)
Raven Chronicles, “Matters of the Spirit” Issue, Vol. 16, No. 1
Stymie: A Journal of Sport and Literature, Spring 2011, Baseball Issue
The Battered Suitcase, Summer 2011
New Fairy Tales (anthology) Aurora Wolf Press, April 2011
WestWard Quarterly, Spring, Summer and Fall 2011
The Greensilk Journal, Spring 2011
The Harsh and the Heart--Patriot's Dream, Silver Boomers, Aug. 2011
Indigo Rising Magazine, May 17, 2011, Endless Nights in the Riverbed
Orange Room Review, Issue 30, June 1, 2011--Tiny Treasures & Scraping the Surface
Mad Swirl, June 2011
Eskimo Pie, August 2011
Eunoia Review, Oct. 2011
Ink, Sweat & Tears, July 2011, Memory for a Song
Poetry24, June 14, 2011
HeavyHands Ink, Aug. 2011
Danse Macabre, July 1, 2011, Residing in Goo,
Danse Macabre Soup de Jour Burning the Brush and Julius Caesar Sun
The Rainbow Rose, June 29, 2011
Vox Poetica Prompts
Old Time Mountain Music (OMP Anthology)
Four and Twenty, Sept. 2011Overripe
E-ratio,Issue 15, 2012
The Stray Branch, #10, Vol. 7, Fall/Winter 2012
Purple Poetry Book
Ms. Huddleston served as Bookmark for Katie McHugh at the MWG 2010 Conference in Vicksburg, MS.
Wynne Huddleston has read selections of her poetry at the Vicksburg Conference, at Literary Artists On Stage in Vicksburg, at Espressyo Soul (The Gathering Place) and at Sage Coffee and Books in Meridian, MS and at the Mississippi Poetry Society Fall Festival 2010 at Belhaven College, Jackson, MS.
She has been an elementary music teacher for 21 years, a piano teacher since high school, and a church musician or choir director since 6th grade. She received superior ratings for piano solo at the Bach Festival and for clarinet duo at Solo & Ensemble, the Meridian Community College Music Award, chorus scholarships to the University of Southern MS, and was a member of the auditioned USM Singers Choir. Her piano club won the State Jr. Federation of Music Clubs' Loving Cup in 1985. The Meridian Philharmonic Nat'l Federation of Music Clubs won multiple ribbons during her term as President. Ms. Huddleston has had students perform in the Mississippi Elementary State Honor Choir for many years.
Served as Judge for:
Music Education Articles/ideas Published Online:
"Many More Birthdays," is a song Ms. Huddleston wrote for Relay for Life's 2010 theme. The song was performed by vocalist Dinah Rebecca Lachney at the Scott County Relay for Life Opening Ceremonies in Forest, MS on May 21, 2010
Ms. Huddleston wrote a music review of the "Come On In" Sweet Potato Queen party at Jackson, MS. It was published in the 360 (entertainment) section of The Meridian Star newspaper on Sunday, March 28, 2010.
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Workshops Given by Wynne Huddleston
"20 Ways to Loose Your Muse"
Mid-South Poetry Festival
Oct. 1, 2011
Ms. Huddleston attended workshops facilitated by:
Jeanne Leiby, former editor of The Southern Review. (Jeanne passed away in a car accident April, 2011. May she rest in peace)
Dr. Angela Ball, professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, published in the The Best American Poetry
Irene Latham, author and poetry editor for Birmingham Arts Journal
Crystal Bowman, author of children books and piano music
Edna Ellison, Christian speaker and author
Jo Huddleston, author of fiction and Bible studies
Billy Field, screenplay writer
Betty Hassler, editor of Open Windows and Deacon
Cheryl Wray author of Writing for Magazines: A Beginner’s Guide
Katie McHugh, Executive Director of Da Capo Lifelong Books
Regina Brooks, founder and president of Serendipity Literary Agency LLC
Lauretta Hannon, author of Cracker Queen
Dr. Alan Brown, professor of English at the University of West Alabama and author of seenteen books
Keith Badowski - "The Bearded Poet" and Co-founder of Brick Road Poetry Press.
Sarah Campbell, author of award winning children's books Growing Patterns: The Fibanacci Numbers and Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator.
Dr. Virginia Gilbert, poet, photographer and recipient of the 2010 Literature Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
Kevin Morgan Watson-Founding editor of Press 53.
Lynn Cullen, historic fiction writer/young adult novelist and author of Creation of Eve.
Darlin' O'Neal, editor of Florida Review
Sefi Atta, author/playwright and winner of the David T.K. Wong Prize and the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa.