Poet; writer of children’s books.  Born–1971, Covington, Ga.  Moved to Birmingham in 1984.  Married; children–three.  Education– University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Alabama.  Contributes to poetry journals and anthologies; poetry editor for the Birmingham Arts Journal. Member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators; Alabama Writers Forum; Big Table Poets. Named Alabama Poet of the Year, 2006; Book of the Year, Alabama State Poetry Society, 2007; Children’s Book Award, Alabama Library Association, 2011; Notable Children’s Book,American Library Association, 2011.


Contemporary authors online; Irene Latham website


The Color of Lost Rooms. Birmingham:  Blue Rooster Press, 2010.

Dear Wandering Wildebeest and other Poems from the Watering Hole.  Minneapolis:  Millbrook Press, 2014.

Don’t Feed the Boy.  New York: Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan, 2012.

Fresh Delicious:  Poems from the Farmer’s Market.  Honesdale, Pa:  Wordsong, 2016.

Leaving Gee’s Bend.  New York:  Putnam, 2010.

Now Playing:  A Collection of Poems.  Brierfield, AL: New Dawn Unlimited, 2001.

The Sky Between Us.  Birmingham:  Blue Rooster Press, 2014.

What Came Before.  Mobile: Negative Capability Press, 2007.

When the Sun Shines in Antarctica.  Minneapolis:  Millbrook Press, 2016.


Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship.  Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, 2018.