Ms. Glenda Bailey-Mershon

South Carolina, United States

Member Since: 05/01/2015

Glenda Bailey-Mershon is an American poet, essayist, and novelist of mixed ancestry. Her published works include a poetry collection, Weaver’s Knot (Finishing Line Press, 2023); a novel, Eve's Garden, about three generations of Romani women living in the Deep South (Twisted Road Publications); two chapbooks of poetry, Bird Talk (Jane’s Stories Press Foundation) and saconige/blue smoke: Poems from the Southern Appalachians (Wild Dove Studio and Press); and A History of the American Women's Movement: A Study Guide (Wild Dove). She also edited four volumes of the international Jane's Stories anthologies by women writers and has read in venues ranging from universities to coffee shops. Her stories, essays, and poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and virtual publications, including the Daily Beast; AC Papa; Wagtail: the Roma Women’s Poetry Anthology (Butcher’s Dog Publishing, UK, 2021); and Stone by Stone (forthcoming Propertius Press, 2023.)


Twitter Username: @gbaileymershon


  • Eve's Garden , Twisted Road Publications (October 31, 2014)
  • Jane's Stories IV: Bridges and Borders , Jane's Stories Press Foundation (January 1, 2013)
  • Weaver’s Knot: Poems , Finishing Line Press (September 5, 2023)


  • Second Place, Our Stories Fiction Contest(2012)


  • President at Jane’s Stories Press Foundation (2001 - 2012)
  • Assistant Director, Public Policy Analysis PhD. Program at University of Illinois at Chicago (1986 - 1989)
  • Adjunct Faculty, Women’s Studies Program at University of Illinois at Chicago (1988 - 1990)
  • President and CEO at Wild Dove Studio and Press (1997 - 2000)
  • Part Owner, Proprietor, and Board Member at Prairie Moon Feminist Bookstore (1997 - 2000)


  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Knox College (1974)
  • Master of Science in Human Ecology from Governors State University (1979)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry