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aesthetic expression...the muse speaks and I have to write it down before I forget that golden manna thrown from heaven, that glimpse of knowing. I love words and rhythm and I'm always curious, striving to understand life and love.

Background Information

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 MathHow 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
  • Calliope Nerve 
  • 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

                                                                            OTHER WORKS:

    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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    Music Education Resources Idea Library:


    Workshops Given by Wynne Huddleston

    "20 Ways to Loose Your Muse"
    Mid-South Poetry Festival
    Memphis, TN
    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. 
  • Birth Place
    Lone Star, TX US

    First Place Winner in Grandmother Earth's 2010 Environmental Poetry Contest.

    Winner in Enchanted Conversation's Daughters of Air Contest.

    1st Place in Mississippi Poetry Society's 2011 Spring Festival "Myrtle Rae Davis Jones Memorial" Award

    3rd Place in Mississippi Poetry Society's 2011 Spring Festival "Poets Anonymous" Award

    3rd Place in Mississippi Poetry Society's 2011 Spring Festival "Dramatic Monologue" Award

    Honorable Mention in Mississippi Poetry Society's 2011 Spring Festival "Charles and Dorothy Little Memorial" Award

    3rd Place in Mississippi Poetry Society's 2010 Fall Festival "Poets Anonymous" Award.

    Additional Information

    Attended the Mississippi Writers Guild Conference in 2009 and 2010, the 2010 Southern Christian Writers Conference in Alabama,the 2010 Chattahoochee Valley Writers Conference in Georgia, the MPS 2010 Fall and MPS 2011 Spring Festivals.

    Favorite Links

    Finding Small Beauty, Wynne's Poetry Blog
    Advice, inspiration, poetry happenings in the Mississippi/Alabama area.

    Poetry Blog of Wynne Huddleston
    This is my wordpress blog.

    Blog Talk Radio Christian Urban Poetry Interview Wynne Huddleston 6/30
    I was interviewed by Catisha Ashbury on Blog Talk Radio. I gave my church music and writing background and read two poems-- The New Tower of Babble which does have a spoken word flavor, and A Glimpse of God, which will be published at the end of July 2011 in the summer issue of WestWard Quarterly.

    Wynne Huddleston Poetry (facebook page)
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