About the Author
Helen Friedman Blackshear was Alabama's eighth poet laureate. A native of Tuscaloosa, she died in 2003. She is the author of nearly a dozen other books, including Creek Captives
, Alabama Album
, and Silver Songs
. She also edited These I Would Keep
, an anthology of verse by Alabama's poet laureates. Blackshear was a lively presence on the Alabama literary scene for many years, and was nominated Poet of the Year in 1986. She received the Distinguished Service Award from the Alabama Writer's Conclave in 1987.