Contributor Bios

EDISON JENNINGS’s poems have appeared in Boulevard, Kenyon Review, Nebraska Review, Poetry Daily, Slate, Southern Cultures, Southern Review, Southern Poetry Review, River Styx, and other journals. He lives in Abingdon, Virginia, and teaches at Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Virginia. The spring 2012 issue of Zone 3 will contain a poem by Edison Jennings.

CHRISTOPHER JOHN ADAMSON lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where he is a graduate student at Vanderbilt University. A Utah native and the recipient of an Academy of American Poets prize, he has poems available in 491 Magazine and Cicada.

ROGER ATWOOD is author of Stealing History (St. Martin's Press, 2004) and writes regularly on art and books for The Times Literary Supplement, ARTnews, Archaeology, and The Boston Globe, among other publications. His poetry or essays have appeared recently in Latin American Research Review, Potomac Review and Gay and Lesbian Review. A native of Massachusetts, he lives currently in London.

VANESSA BLAKESLEE’s work has been recognized by grants and fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Yaddo, the Ragdale Foundation and the United Arts of Central Florida, and has appeared in The Southern Review, Green Mountains Review, and The Paris Review, among others. She was a finalist for the 2011 Philip Roth Residency at Bucknell University and the Sozopol Fiction Seminars. Please visit for more.

JARED CARTER's most recent book of poems, A Dance in the Street, is forthcoming from Wind Publications in Kentucky. He blogs at

CATHERINE PRITCHARD CHILDRESS lives in the mountains of East Tennessee, where she studies Literature and Creative Writing as a graduate student at East Tennessee State University. Her work is forthcoming in The Connecticut Review, The Cape Rock, and The Rectangle.

RUTH FOLEY lives in Massachusetts, where she teaches English for Wheaton College. Her recent work is appearing or forthcoming in Adanna, qarrtsiluni, Redheaded Stepchild, and Umbrella, which nominated one of her poems for a Pushcart Prize this year. She also serves as Associate Poetry Editor for Cider Press Review.

Born and raised in New Orleans, CHRIS HANNAN is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he received a B.A. in the Classics.  His poetry has appeared in Magnolia Quarterly, The Purple, Desire Street and The Classical Outlook. He was awarded First Prize in the 2004 Gulf Coast Writers’ Association’s annual Let’s Write contest for his poem “Pointing to the Brain.” Most recently, his poem “Epithalamion” was selected as a runner-up in the Poetry Division of the 2010 Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, sponsored by the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society and judged by poet Nicole Cooley. The poem will be published in a special online edition of the Society’s publication The Double Dealer. Hannan recently graduated from the Loyola University, New Orleans, College of Law, and is currently an attorney in the New Orleans offices of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz. He and his wife Emily live in New Orleans.

KEVIN HEATON's fourth chapbook, "Chronicles" is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in early 2012. His work has received Pushcart, and Best of the Net nominations for 2011, and has appeared in: Raleigh Review, The Catalonian Review, elimae, Foliate Oak, and many others. He is listed as a notable poet at

THOMAS ALAN HOLMES lives with his family in Johnson City, Tennessee, where he writes and teaches as a member of the Literature and Language Department of East Tennessee State University. A contributor to the “Contemporary Appalachia” volume of The Southern Poetry Anthology, he has also placed work in The Appalachian Journal, The South Atlantic Review, Seminary Ridge Review, Now & Then, and The Black Warrior Review. He is currently involved in a project that focuses on the contribution of country music lyricists to the American literary canon.

KEVIN MCLELLAN is the author of the chapbook Round Trip (Seven Kitchens, 2010), a collaborative series of poems with numerous women poets. He has recent or forthcoming poems in journals including: Barrow Street, Colorado Review, Diagram, failbetter, Horse Less Review, Kenyon Review Online, Poetry East, Town Creek Poetry, Versal, Western Humanities Review, Witness, and numerous others. Kevin lives in Cambridge MA with canaries, and sometimes teaches poetry workshops at the University of Rhode Island in Providence.

DON RUSS is the author of Dream Driving (Kennesaw State University  Press, 2007) and the chapbook Adam’s Nap (Billy Goat Press, 2005). His poems have appeared in Town Creek Poetry and at least a hundred other publications.

DON THOMPSON began publishing poetry in the early sixties, including several chapbooks over the years.  He and his wife, Chris, live on her family’s cotton farm in the southern San Joaquin Valley.  He is a native of the region, and his work reflects the landscape he has lived in most of his life.

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