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Harryette Mullen was born in Florence, Alabama on July 1, 1953.

During Mullen’s time growing up in Texas; her love for writing began. “I’ve loved to write from childhood. I wrote to entertain my family, my friends, and myself,” she said in an interview.

Before she graduated from school, Harryette published her first book, Tree Tall Woman. 

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With her book, Sleeping with the Dictionary, book , it her a well deserved nomination for a National Book Award.

Harryette says, Sleeping with the Dictionary is one of her favorites , because she loved creating the new style of poetry.

“I regret to say I’m

unable to reply to your unexpressed desires.”

― Harryette Mullen