MEE (2)Berneta L. Haynes, Founding Editor

Growing up in the swampy backwoods of Arkansas, Berneta began writing stories and exploring visual art from the moment she could pick up a pencil and put it to paper. By the time she was eleven, she had written her first “chapter book” and had a sketch book full of drawings. Writing and visual art have lived on in her ever since.

At Drury University, where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English, Writing, and Psychology in 2006, she never stopped writing. Meanwhile, her visual art interests led her to photography and web page design. In 2010, she obtained a Master of Arts in English and Literature from the University of Iowa, and a few years later began an environmental law career in Chicago. She has practiced environmental law in Chicago and Atlanta, advocating for environmental justice and expanded access to renewable energy and energy efficiency. She is now a public policy advocate by day in Atlanta.

Her previous short story publication credits include Bonfire, a literary magazine published through Drury University, and The Bangalore Review. Additionally, she has published articles in Out on the Town Magazine, Inside Higher Ed and the Iowa Press-Citizen. Her debut novel, Landrien Moriset, is now widely available at Amazon and other well-known book retailers.

An author, attorney, policy expert and versatile creative, Berneta is the Founding Editor of Waking Writer. She launched this site as a side project initially to help spotlight other writers, offer helpful writing and publishing advice, and to indulge her own writerly and artsy passions. She finds joy in discovering and sharing work from new, emerging creatives and writers and has a particular interest in science fiction, children’s and young adult fantasy fiction, photography, and visual art.

Twitter: @BernetaWrites