Pen Name: None
Genres: Fiction, Non-Fiction, History
Born: 1953 in Woodstock, Illinois
I was born and raised in small towns in northwest Illinois, including McHenry and Oregon, county seat of Oogle County.
Biographical and Professional Information
My father was born in Oak Park, Illinois, and my mother in Belleville. Dad was a small town Methodist minister in Illinois towns, and I remember living in parsonages next to churches. I loved the parsonages we lived in and the small towns haunted me when we moved to Washington, D.C. on my eighth birthday. Small town Illinois is an essential root that I return to. When I discovered Pittsboro, NC, my home for 30 years in the South, I recognized it--it was a county seat town with a courthouse surrounded by antebellum houses and churches. The only difference was the Confederate soldier statue faced north, and back in Illinois, the courthouse cannon faced south. There are many more differences, of course, but something essential seems the same: the decency and warmth of small town people in rural places. A relationship between rural and urban, and northern and southern people haunts my short story collection, Accidental Birds of the Carolinas.
I am author of Accidental Birds of the Carolinas, a PEN/Hemingway Honorable Mention, and Searching for Virginia Dare, a North Carolina Arts Council Notable Book, just released in an expanded edition from Press 53.
Recipient of two Pushcart Special Mentions and a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship, Hudson has published stories, essays, and poems in 5 anthologies and many magazines and journals. She writes on topics ranging from pond fishing to Sufi dancing, from extraordinary dogs to English explorers, from the artist’s life to the life of the monarch butterfly. Much of her work explores the links between history, the human spirit, and the natural world, and reviewers have compared her work to that of Thomas Hardy and Alice Munro.
Hudson is a graduate of American University and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College. She teaches fiction and nonfiction writing and lectures for the NC Humanities Council Road Scholars on history and creative writing technique.
Accidental Birds of the Carolinas, Press 53, 2011
Searching for Virginia Dare, Press 53, 2013
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
Accidental Birds of the Carolinas
Release Date: 2011-05-01
- PEN/Hemingway Honorable Mention, Accidental Birds of the Carolinas
- Novello Literary Award Finalist, Accidental Birds of the Carolinas
- NC Arts Council Fellowship, Accidental Birds of the Carolinas
Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances
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