Katharyn Privett-Duren, PhD, is an English professor, writer, and micro-farmer in rural Alabama. Her work as an online team lead and graduate teacher support her greater dreams, most of which engage in the world of small farming and eco-writing. While her background and doctorate are grounded in Feminist Theory, Goddess Theology, and Rhetorical Theory, Katharyn’s writings have led her outside of the academic world. She is currently curating a collection of personal essays that focus upon the cultural implications of living outside of the policing institutions of the Bible Belt as a Southerner.
Katharyn is also a new grandmother, a Master Gardener within her state, and a regular contributor for Farmer-ish, an online journal created by her colleague and friend Crystal Sands. As an organic, biointensive micro-farmer focused on sustainability, Katharyn continues to reach out to her neighbors in an effort to teach them to grow their own food with minimal impact to their financial resources or the environment. Her small plot of land, Little Halawakee Farm, sports rare varieties of turmeric, galangal, ginger and herbs of all kinds. Little Halawakee Farm has become a haven in a section of the country heavily laden with pesticide and herbicide residues and sustains a small CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture). As a new grandmother, she hopes to pass down the wonders of reading, writing, and eating a dinner that grew in peaceful communion with all that reside in a sacred, natural space.