Felicia Mitchell was born in Sumter, South Carolina, in 1956, and moved with her parents and three brothers to North Carolina, where she spent her early childhood in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach. In 1966, she moved with her family to Columbia, South Carolina, where she attended the University of South Carolina (B.A., M.A.) after graduating from Booker T. Washington High School. She spent four years working in Athens, Georgia, before moving to Austin, Texas, to get a PhD from The University of Texas at Austin. In Austin, she became active as a poet and taught her first poetry workshops through the Texas Union Informal Classes program. Since 1987, Mitchell has made her home in rural Washington County, Virginia. She teaches English at Emory & Henry College, where she received the William Carrington Finch Award for Faculty Excellence in 2011 and the James A. Davis Faculty Award in 2013. In addition to publishing poetry and nonfiction in journals, anthologies, and chapbooks, she has written articles for journals such as College Composition and Communication, Mid-American Review, and Poets & Writers Magazine. Scholarly work includes Her Words. Diverse Voices in Contemporary Appalachian Women’s Poetry, which she compiled and edited for University of Tennessee Press (2002).