Dannye Romine Powell is a poet and journalist whose career at the Charlotte Observer newspaper has spanned almost 40 years. She served for many years as book editor; she interviewed and wrote about James Dickey, Eudora Welty, Walker Percy, Shelby Foote, William Styron, Reynolds Price and Lee Smith. Her collected interviews of these writers discussing their creative processes appear in her book, “Parting the Curtains: Interviews with Southern Writers,” (published by John Blair, 1995, and in paperback by Doubleday-Penguin, 1996).
After 17 years on the book page, she served for 20 years as a local-front news columnist. In addition to writing about ordinary people, she covered the murder trials of Josh Griffin of Monroe, NC, Susan Smith of Union, SC, and Michael Peterson of Durham, NC. Powell is now back on the Observer’s book page, writing about new books, their authors, and related literary news.
Her first poetry collection, “At Every Wedding Someone Stays Home,” won the Miller Williams First Book Award at the University of Arkansas Press, which also published her next two collections, “The Ecstasy of Regret” and “A Necklace of Bees.” The latter two collections won the Brockman-Campbell Award presented by North Carolina Poetry Society for best book by a NC poet in the preceding year.
“Nobody Calls Me Darling Anymore,” Powell’s fourth collection, was recently published by Press 53 of Winston-Salem, NC, in the fall of 2015.
Powell’s poetry has appeared in literary journals including: the Paris Review, Poetry, Field, Ploughshares, The New Republic, the Georgia Review, the Gettysburg Review, 32 Poems, Blackbird, Beloit, Bellevue Literary Review, Iodine Poetry