Connie Willett Everett received degrees from Ohio University and Bowling Green State University, including a MFA in creative writing. For fifteen years she was fiction editor for Heartlands Magazine (Bottom Dog Press), and she is a senior editor for Pudding House Publications. Everett co-coordinates the Poetry Forum at Rumba Café (formerly at Larry’s) in Columbus, Ohio, and co-emceed The Rattlebox, a poetry venue in Powell, Ohio.
She is a member of the National League of American PEN Women and of Columbus Poetry Salon. A former teacher of English, writing, and Women’s Studies, Everett has presented workshops for public schools, women’s retreats, juvenile detention centers, writers’ workshops, and other groups.
Everett’s poems and fiction have been published in numerous journals and several have won national and regional awards. Her first chapbook, Mothers, Daughter and Dreams (Bottom Dog Press), was published in 1995; her second, As Good As It Gets Sometimes Poets (Pudding House Publications), was released in 2008. Everett edited fiction for The Heartlands Today, Heartlands, and Heartlands Journal (Bottom Dog Press) for 15 years. She has also edited several books, including Ohio Women: Poems (Bottom Dog Press); Cap City Poets (Pudding House Publications); Love Poems & Other Messages for Bruce Springsteen (Pudding House Publications). Her reviews have appeared regularly in Ohioana Quarterly. She is frequently invited to read her work at schools and universities, arts centers, coffee houses, and other poetry venues.
Everett helps run a family business, loves to travel, garden and cook, read, listen to all kinds of good music (and dance!), and go to movies. A community, political, and arts activist, she has two grown children and lives in Worthington, Ohio with her husband, a cat and a dog.