Donna Hensley NelsonDonna Hensley Nelson

Donna Hensley Nelson is a native of Arkansas and White County. She is a graduate of Pangburn High School and earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Arkansas State University. Her teaching career included teaching mathematics in public and private schools in White and Lonoke Counties.

Donna has written poetry for more than 50 years and has published three poetry collections and nine children’s books. Her poetry collections include: Momentary Reflections, Lasting Reflections, and Simple Reflections, which are Volumes 1, 2, and 3 of a poetry series entitled Poetry for You and Me. She has received awards for her poetry on local, state, and national levels. Her prose writing has also won local recognition.

Since retiring, Donna spends time with family, volunteers at a local hospital, and teaches a weight-lifting class. Her other interests include reading, cooking, and gardening. A mother of three and grandmother of five, she resides in Kensett with her husband, Dennis.

Donna is featured in our Member Spotlight for May 2021.