Judith Roney is an award-wining poet and writer.
She is the author of According to the Gospel of Haunted Women (ELJ Publications, 2015), Waiting for Rain (Finalist, Two Sylvias Press 2017), and Field Guide for A Human (Runner-Up, Gambling the Aisle 2015 Chapbook Contest). Her poems and other writing have appeared in many anthologies, most recently in the UK’s Shooter Magazine’s “City” themed anthology, as she “poetically takes the pulse of Orlando following last year’s nightclub shootings in “<80 BPM.”
She has been nominated for a Pushcart and received The Pioneer Prize, and awards from Prism Review, the University of Central Florida, and Anne Arundel College.
Roney was born “of lake water” in the great city of Chicago, alongside Lake Michigan. The only child of a single mother, she spent much of her childhood at the lakeshore or roaming the marbled halls of The Field Museum, The Museum of Science or The Art Institute, all with massive limestone Greek-revival exteriors.
After earning a degree in art history, Roney raised her son before moving to Florida where she returned to college, earning first a nursing degree, then dual majors in cultural anthropology and English before entering graduate school, where she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree. After attending the same PhD program in Texts and Technology twice, she decided to stop researching mandated subjects digital editing for databases, and design and development for texts and technology, to make time for scholarly research of the history of housewifery, domestic abuse, witchcraft & other marginalized groups (especially ghosts), and folklore of the British Isles.
In the past, Roney has worked with french-fries, fine diamonds, grandfather clocks, gasoline, lumber, corporate mail delivery, music boxes, doorknobs, pizza, computer repair & tech support, at-risk patients, and orchids. Currently, she is a lecturer of English at the University of Central Florida where she teaches creative writing and is a staff reader for The Florida Review. She is also a teaching artist for The Poetry Barn.
She lives on a semi-sleepy island off the east coast of Florida, where she maintains a somewhat-orderly jungle with her husband, two Labradors, and two cats. She’s not ashamed to admit she still plays with dolls, believes in ghosts, and is profoundly admires Queen Elizabeth II, to whom she recently wrote a letter, and gratefully received one in response.