The work of award-winning poet and writer Anne Dilenschneider appears in numerous journals including Inkwell, Presence, The Salt Reader, and Alive Now. Dr. Dilenschneider, a Huffington Post contributor, has been honored by the National League of American Pen Women, Universities West Press, the Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers, and the Knoxville Writers’ Guild. Armed with a PhD in clinical psychology, Anne volunteers in healthcare, helping Native Americans, at-risk youth, the homeless, and those suffering from mental illness. In addition, she holds a DMin in spirituality and transformational leadership. Anne helps faith communities develop collaborative leadership teams, focused on forgiveness, restorative justice, and healing. As a South Dakota Humanities Council Scholar, she leads workshops and discussion groups statewide. Anne is a member of Therapy Dogs International, volunteering with her dogs in schools and medical facilities. Before falling in love with South Dakota’s wide skies, Anne grew up in Ohio. She lives in Sioux Falls, where she owns a counseling practice.
Today, if she’s not working, writing, adventuring, or visiting her four children, Anne savors the international cuisine served by Sioux Falls’ vibrant restaurants. In Defying Gravity, Dilenschneider’s novel, “Querida’s journey to healing begins with the thirty-second night of macaroni and cheese.” Stories that cross cultures and time lead her to discover that she is truly “Beloved.”