Jeanne Shannon experiences the type of synesthesia called “colored hearing”. She has been “hearing the sounds of the world in color” for as long as she can remember.
Her first venture into creative writing was at age six, when she composed biographies of the animals on the farm in southwestern Virginia where she grew up. In the 1970s, she published Blackberry, a poetry magazine. After retiring from a career as a technical writer, she published poetry, memoir, and fiction by various authors under her Wildflower Press imprint. Her own fiction, memoir and poetry works have appeared in small-press and university publications, chapbooks and full-length collections.
Summoning won the 2016 New Mexico Book Award for poetry. The Sourwood Tree won a 2018 New Mexico Book Award for fiction.