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Jackie Pelham


Jackie earned a Creative Writing degree from Sam Houston State University, graduating cum laude. She owns and is managing editor of Stone River Press.

POETRY & SHORT STORIES: Published in literary journals such as: several Poetry Society of Texas Year Books, Touchstone Literary Journal, Sam Houston Review, Poetic Potpourri, Mid-Winter Poets Roundup, Echoes, The Wounded Heart, Writer's Lifeline (a Canadian Journal), Texas Rib-Ticklers, A Touch of Sunshine, The Many-Eyed Landscapes, The Muse is a Singing Bird, i.e. Magazine, Suddenly III, Texas Poetry Calendar, New Texas 2002, and Black Petals.

JOURNALISTIC: Published in the Conroe Courier Newspaper, SHSU Houstonian, and contributed articles to many newsletters/bulletins. A front page article about James Hoggard, Poet Laureate of Texas 2000 appeared in Austin Writers League Bulletin. An article about Paul Ruffin, editor of the Texas Review at Sam Houston State University appeared in the Writers Market.

DRAMA: “Saber Dance,” a dramatic monologue was selected for performance by The Fan Factory Theatre Company of Houston for their “Squeeze Play” series.

REVIEWS: Small Press Review; Review of Texas Books;


Written by Pelham: Chasing Butterflies (poetry for Children) (Counterpoint Pub Co.)

Edited by Pelham: Food for Thought, Poetry and ez recipes by Texas Poets. (Page One Pub)

Geneology: The Family of James Thomas Stockstill and Eliza Adelene Smith (Page One Pub)

Pelham/Jackson Coeditors: Fall From Innocence, Memoirs of the Great Depression. (Page One Pub)

Pelham Founder/Editor: Suddenly, Prose Poetry and Sudden Fiction anthology by Texas writers (Pub. Stone River Press. From 1998 to 2003). By its fifth year, over 200 Texas authors have been featured in the Suddenly series.

UNDER THE ROSE, an Award Winning World War II intrigue was published by Eakin Press, Austin, Tx.

SPEAKER: She has conducted workshops on poetry and self-publishing, and spoken about poetry in schools. Has been on panels and spoken to various organizations about writing. Example: Houston Poetry Fest, North Harris County College Creative Writing Dept., Houston Chapter of Poetry Soc. of Texas, Poets Northwest, Bay Area Writers League Conference. Conducted a workshop for Houston Writers Guild on Enhancing Your Writing and has spoken at several book and breakfast clubs.

AWARDS FOR THE NOVEL: Won Rice University's Novel/General Fiction Award for Under the Rose, a World War II intrigue (published by Eakin Press). Won Houston Writers League's award for Prophecy of the White Buffalo, an Action/Adventure/Western manuscript.

MEMBERSHIP/JUDGE/SPONSOR: Has held membership in several writers groups and each year sponsors contests in many of these organizations, often acts as a judge. Example: judging of the Middle School Student Contest for Poetry Society of Texas, the Action/Adventure category for the Houston Writers League and as preliminary judge for poetry for Woodlands Writers Guild. She edits for a select few. She hosted the pre-conference party for the Woodlands Writers' Guild Conference at her home, and hosted in her home each year a reading for each new Suddenly anthology.

APPOINTMENTS, ETC.: In 2001, Jackie was appointed to the post of Houston area councilor for the Poetry Society of Texas. She is a member of the Gold Key Honor Society, a past secretary for the SHSU Alumni Association, and a member of the American Association of University Women, North Houston Chapter.

INTERVIEW: An interview of Jackie about poetry appeared in the Houston Chronicle.


She has lived in the Houston area most of her life and attended San Jacinto High School, North Harris County College and Sam Houston State University where she earned an English/Creative Writing degree with a minor in History. She and her husband Joel have been married forever and own and operate Weldwire Company of Texas, Inc. that sells and manufactures Positioning Equipment. Joel is an antique car and vintage Schwinn bicycle enthusiast and enjoys sharing his garden crops with family and friends. They have three grown children and four grandchildren.

Jackie is an avid dog lover along with interests in writing, publishing, crossword puzzles, reading, and movies.

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