Terry Ann Thaxton is a fifth generation Floridian who spent most of her childhood roaming hundreds of acres of natural land surroundering her home. Many of the natural habitats are now gated communities or shopping centers. She still heads out to the woods every couple of days.


Her first book of poems Getaway Girl (Salt, 2011) won the 18th Annual Frederick Morgan Poetry Prize. Her second book, The Terrible Wife (Salt, 2013), won a 2013 Florida Book Award, and her third book, Mud Song (Truman State UP, 2017) won the T.S. Eliot Prize in Poetry and a 2017 Florida Book Award.


Her textbook Creative Writing in the Community: A Guide (Bloomsbury, 2014) is a result of more than a decade of work training college students to provide creative writing opportunities to community members who may not have the  means to attend fee-based classes.


Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals, most recently New Letters, Chattahoochee Review, Pithead Chapel, Typehouse, and The Missouri Review.


She is a professor of English at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.