Meet Berneta L. Haynes
Growing up in the swampy backwoods of southern Arkansas and Little Rock, I began writing stories and exploring visual art from the moment I could pick up a pencil and put it to paper. By the time I was eleven, I had written my first "chapter book" and had a sketch book full of drawings. Writing and visual art have lived on in me ever since.
At Drury University, where I obtained a Bachelor's degree in English, Writing, and Psychology in 2006, I never stopped writing. Meanwhile, my visual art interests led me to photography. In 2010, I obtained a Master of Arts in English and Literature from the University of Iowa, and a few years later began an environmental law career in Chicago. I have practiced environmental law in Chicago and Atlanta, advocating for environmental justice and expanded access to renewable energy and energy efficiency.
All the while, I have continued to write, publish and experiment with photography. I am now a writer, founding editor of Waking Writer, managing editor at NPO.io, hobbyist photographer, and public policy advocate by day in Atlanta.
My previous short story publication credits include Bonfire, a literary magazine published through Drury University, and The Bangalore Review. Additionally, I have published articles in Out on the Town Magazine, Inside Higher Ed and the Iowa Press-Citizen. My debut novel, Landrien Moriset, is now widely available at Amazon and other well-known book retailers.
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