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Publishing executive , writer , poet

Phyllis Alexander Tickle, American Writer, publisher. Recipient Indiana Artist fellowship in literature Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville, 1985, Polly Bond award of excellence Episcopalian Comm., New York City, 1988, Books of Excellence award Body, Mind and Spirit magazine, 1996, Book of Yr.1995 Catholic Press Association, Mays award for lifetime contribution to publication,1996.


Tickle, Phyllis Alexander was born on March 12, 1934 in Johnson City, Tennessee, United States. Daughter of Philip Wade and Mary Katherine (Porter) Alexander.


Bachelor, E. Tennessee State University, 1955. Master of Arts, Furman University, 1961. Doctor of Humane Letters, Yale University, 2004.

Doctor of Humane Letters, North Park University, 2009.


Teacher Latin, English Memphis City School, 1955-1957. Fellow Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, 1959-1961. Lecturer English Rhodes College, Memphis, 1961-1964.

Dean humanities Memphis College Art, 1964-1971. Managing editor St. Luke's Press, Memphis, 1975-1982. Senior editor St. Luke's Press, Iris Press, 1982-1985, Peachtree Publications, Atlanta, 1988-1990.

Director trade public group The Wimmer Companies, Memphis, 1990-1992. Religion editor Publishers Weekly, 1992-1996. Contributing editor Publications Weekly, editor-at-large PW's Religion Bookline, 1996—2004.

Poet-in-residence Brooks Memorial Gallery, 1981-1989. Poetry coordinator Cumberland Valley Writer's Conference, 1977-1983. Board advisory Servant Publication, 1997-1903, Garrett-Medill Center for Religion and the News Media., Christy Awards, Loyola College, Maryland, Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly.

Executive board Forward Movement Publication. Board directors Iris Press.



Chair literature panel Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville, 1991-1992, member panel, 1978-1982, 89-94, past chair artists in education, 1986-1989. Executive board Tennessee Humanities Council, Nashville, 1989-1992. Vestrywoman St. Anne's Church, Millington, 1988-1995.

Lay eucharistic minister Episcopal Church, since 1996. Advisory board Mary Baker Eddy Library., D.L. Dykes Junior Foundation. Member Public Association of the South (board director since 1986, president, chair 1985-1986, Mays award 1996), Southeastern Booksellers Association (board director 1986-1991), Tennessee Literature Arts Association (president 1984-1986), Religious Newswriters Association.


Married Samuel Milton Tickle, June 17, 1955. Children: Nora Katherine, Mary Gammon, Laura Lee, John Crockett II, Samuel Milton Junior, Philip Wade, Rebecca Rutledge.

Philip Wade Alexander

Mary Katherine (Porter) Alexander

Samuel Milton Tickle

Nora Katherine Tickle

Mary Gammon Tickle

Laura Lee Tickle

John Crockett II Tickle

Samuel Milton Junior Tickle

Philip Wade Tickle

Rebecca Rutledge Tickle