Arlene Humphrey began writing poetry as a child and has continued to write poetry, essays, and articles. For 25 years, Arlene was an elementary school teacher, and, later, a reading specialist in the Pennsylvania schools. While teaching, she was chosen to be a Fellow of the Pennsylvania Writing Project at West Chester University. There she worked with other writers/teachers on her own writing and on teaching writing. She has given poetry workshops as a teacher and since leaving teaching. In 1999, she earned a Business and Technical Writing Certificate from the University of Delaware and began a career in technical writing, editing, and proofreading. She continues to do occasional freelance work.
Arlene was chosen to participate in the first Poet Laureate’s Retreat given by Fleda Brown, past Poet Laureate of Delaware, in 2002, and a workshop on Ekphrastic Poetry given by nationally known poet, Terri Witek, in 2008. In 2005, Arlene applied for and was awarded an Opportunity Grant by the Delaware Division of the Arts. Arlene has been a featured reader, both alone, and with members of her writing group, The TransCanal Writers, at Second Saturday Poets in Wilmington, Delaware, and at Mocha, Music, and More in Newark, Delaware. In April 2012, she read with other poets in response to paintings in Object Poetry, a watercolor exhibit at the Dover Art League sponsored in connection with the Delaware Division of the Arts.
Arlene’s most recent published work has appeared in The Broadkill Review, The Awakenings Review, Mad Poets Review, The News Journal, and Mobius. In 2007, she was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Delaware Literary Connection’s Bethany Beach writing contest. In 2011, she had a poem shortlisted for an award in Aesthetica Magazine’s international Creative Works competition.