Louella Bryant

My short story "Dare's Tractor" appears in the anthology Tartts 2: Incisive Writing from Emerging Writers published by
Livingston Press at the University of West Alabama.

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Full Bloom is alive with 14 award winning stories told with a sharp eye for detail. These tales of the heart deal with grief, abandonment, the possibility of explosive rage, and the essential hope of healing. The characters are ordinary people who feel trapped or bewildered but who always persevere. 

​Available from Amazon.

My picture book, Two Tracks in the Snow, is about Will, a boy who is having trouble learning to ski. Ari, who has spina bifida and uses a monoski, not only teaches Will how to get down the mountain gracefully, but offers him friendship. 

I got the idea for this book when I visited Waterville Valley in New Hampshire and watched skiers with disabilities whiz down the mountain, their mouths open with glee, and realized that we can do whatever we set our minds to, no matter what limitations the rest of the world sees.

Two Tracks in the Snow is available from 
Jason and Nordic publishers.

Father By Blood, Winner of the Silver Bay Children's Literature Award, is the story of Annie Brown, daughter of the famous abolitionist John Brown, and her father's raid on the Federal armory at Harper's Ferry in his attempt to arm the slaves and help them fight their way to freedom. Set in 1859, just before the outbreak of Civil War, the story begins in North Elba, New York, and moves to Maryland, where Brown rented a house to gather his conspirators for the fateful raid.  

​"Written from her perspective as an old woman, it is a daughter's attempt to come to peace with the memory of the stern, taciturn man who saw no disparity between his deep religious faith and his willingness to use violence. As far as he was concerned, God was on his side, and he went forth with his radical plan even if it divided his family or cost innocent lives." ~ School Library Journal

My first novel for young adults, The Black Bonnet is about two sisters who escape from slavery on the underground railroad in 1858.  On their way to freedom, they stop in Burlington, Vermont, where the story takes place. To find out more about The Black Bonnet and classroom activities for the book, visit the Vermont Historical Society.    

"Bryant writes a compelling story with lively characters that will give young readers a new perspective on everyday life for slaves as well as the anxieties of running for freedom." ~ Booklist     

There's more, but goodness..

that's enough for now!

My poem "Welcome Dance" appears in this collection of 300 poems by more than 170 leading contemporary poets. Cadence of Hooves contains a broad range of horse-centered poems by horse lovers from every discipline. The collection was selected and edited by Suzan Jantz, editor of the Yarroway Mountain Press, www.yarrowaymountainpress.com. 

In the steamy South, temptation is as wild and plentiful as kudzu. In these true stories women defy tradition and forge their own paths through life—often learning unexpected lessons from the experience. My story "Rum Running Queen" appears among the stories in the anthology Southern Sin.

As Dorothy Allison writes in her introduction, “The most dangerous stories are the true ones, the ones we hesitate to tell, the adventures laden with fear or shame or the relentless pull of regret. Some of those are about things that we are secretly deeply proud to have done.”

Two of my stories appear in the anthology High Horse by Fleur de Lis Press, Uncharted Territory" for adults and "Great Gobs of Goose Grease" for children. High Horse unfortunately is out of print, but I am happy to provide copies of the stories on request. 

My essay, "Parade Rest" appears in Far From Home, an anthology of father-daughter essays published by Seal Press.

"A compelling new anthology of essays in paperback . . . provides much inspiration for engaged and adventurous parenting."  ~ Seattle Post-Intelligencer

During the era of the Vietnam War, a group of young American men, insulated by privilege and innocent of heart, sought to make positive changes in a tumultuous world and, along the way, had some extraordinary adventures. Their exploits, their dreams and, ultimately, the necessity of facing their realities are themes of While In Darkness There Is Light. With introduction by Howard Dean.

"A bittersweet coming-of-age story that wanders from Harvard Yard to the Australian outback to the jungles of Laos, While in Darkness There is Light recaptures some of what was most inspiring and some of what was most heartbreaking about America in the early 1970s. This book is both a celebration and an elegy; it filled me with an enduring sense of wonder and of loss.” — George Howe Colt, author of The Big House