Contributor Bios

ADAM VINES is an assistant professor of English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he is Editor of Birmingham Poetry Review and Director of the English Honors Program. His recent poems appear in Poetry, Southwest Review, Gulf Coast, among others. His collections of poetry are The Coal Life (University of Arkansas Press, 2012) and According to Discretion (Unicorn Press, forthcoming 2015). The Alabama State Council on the Arts awarded him a 2013 Individual Artist Fellowship. During the summers, he is on staff at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

JEFFREY C. ALIER is winner of the 2014 Kithara Book Prize for his poetry collection, Idyll for a Vanishing River (Glass Lyre Press, 2013). He is also author of The Wolf Yearling (Silver Birch Press) and The Storm Petrel – Poems of Ireland (Grayson Books). His recent work has appeared in Spoon River Poetry Review, Saranac Review and Tulane Review.

TINA BARR's awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the MacDowell Colony and the Ucross Foundation. An earlier volume, The Gathering Eye, won the Editor’s Prize at Tupelo Press. She has published 3 chapbooks, all winners of chapbook competitions, including The Fugitive Eye, selected by judge Yusef Komunyakaa (Painted Bride Quarterly Press, Philadelphia).

WIN BASSETT is a writer and attorney whose nonfiction has been published in The Atlantic, the Paris Review Daily , the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Guernica. His fiction and poetry have been published or are forthcoming in The Southern Poetry Anthology, Image, PANK, and Pea River Journal. He’s a former assistant district attorney and serves on the PEN Prison Writing Program Fiction Committee. He was a Literature Scholar at the 2014 Virginia Quarterly Review Writers’ Conference. Win is from southwestern Virginia and is a graduate student at Yale Divinity School.

SHERRY CHANDLER's work has been published in journals and anthologies including The Cortland Review, The South Carolina Review, and Kestrel. The Hearth and the Woodcarver, her second book-length collection, will be released in 2014 by Wind Publications.

MAGGIE COLVETT is an M.A. candidate at the University of Georgia. Her poems have appeared or will appear in Colorado Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Groundrush, and Still: The Journal, among others. She lives in Athens, GA and Piney Flats, TN, where her family keeps many dozens of chickens.

BENJAMIN DUGGER was born and raised in East Tennessee, where his ancestors settled in the 1760s. He holds degrees from East Tennessee State University, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and George Mason University. He has taken post-graduate work at East Tennessee State University, the University of Maryland, Wesley Theological Seminary (Washington, D.C.), and has studied abroad in England, Northern Ireland, and the School of Scottish Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He also received training in Syro-Palestinian Archaeology at Tell Gezer, Israel, with the American Schools of Oriental Research in Jerusalem. His poems have been published in anthologies, arts magazines, newspapers, and on the Internet. His published photography has appeared in Scotland as well as the United States. He was a pastor for twenty-two years and is currently an associate portfolio manager with The Burney Company, an equity research and investment advisory firm headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia.

D. R. JAMES is the author of the poetry collection Since Everything Is All I’ve Got (March Street 2011) and four chapbooks, the most recent being Why War (Finishing Line 2014).  Poems have appeared in various anthologies and journals, and an article on Adrienne Rich and Audre Lorde is forthcoming in The Writer’s Chronicle.  He lives in Holland, Michigan, teaching writing, literature, and peace-making at Hope College, now going on thirty years.

ALLEN JIH currently resides in Las Vegas, where he works as an acrobat specializing in aerial straps.  He holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Florida. Unicorn Press will publish According to Discretion, the collaborative collection by him and Adam Vines, in 2015.  They have also published their collaborative poems in redivider, New Orleans Review, Barrow Street, Confrontation, The Baltimore Review, among others.

CLYDE KESSLER lives in Radford, Virginia with his wife Kendall, an artist, and their son Alan. They have an art studio called Towhee Hill at their home. He is a member of Blue Ridge Discovery Center, an environmental education organization with projects in western North Carolina and southwestern Virginia. He is also a regional editor for Virginia Birds, a publication of the Virginia Society of Ornithology. He has published poems in many magazines, most recently in Decades Review, San Pedro River Review, Belle Rêve, and Still the Journal.

JOHN LANE's Abandoned Quarry: New & Selected Poems (Mercer University Press) won the SIBA Book of the Year in poetry in 2012. His latest collection, The Old Rob Poems, was just published by New Native Press. His first novel, Fate Moreland's Widow, is due from USC Press in early 2015. He teaches environmental studies at Wofford College.

ANNE MENASCHÉ lives in Charlottesville, where she studies English and history at the University of Virginia. She works as a library assistant, and, occasionally, a freelance journalist. 

MAREN O. MITCHELL's poems have appeared in Hotel Amerika, Southern Humanities Review, The Classical Outlook, Appalachian Journal, The Arts Journal, Town Creek Poetry, Pirene’s Fountain, anthologies The Southern Poetry Anthology, V: Georgia, Sunrise from Blue Thunder, and elsewhere. Work is forthcoming in The South Carolina Review, and the anthologies, The World Is Charged: Poetic Engagements with Gerard Manley Hopkins and The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VII: North Carolina. Her nonfiction book is Beat Chronic Pain, An Insider’s Guide (Line of Sight Press, 2012).

F D ROHDENBURG--Forthcoming

HANK SPOTTSWOOD was born in Mobile, Alabama, sixteen months before Pearl Harbor. He attended Georgia Tech. He lives in downtown Cincinnati, in a building dedicated in 1888, with his kitties Maggie and Matilda and his wife Mary.

LARRY D. THOMAS a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, served as the 2008 Texas Poet Laureate.  He has published twenty-five collections of poetry, most recently The Goatherd (Mouthfeel Press, El Paso, TX, 2014) and Art Museums (Blue Horse Press, Redondo Beach, CA, 2014).  His As If Light Actually Matters: New & Selected Poems, is forthcoming from Texas Review Press in 2015.

SCOTT WAKER teaches English and Creative Writing in Greensboro, NC.  When he’s not doing that he writes plays and poetry.  He earned his MFA from the University of Alaska, Anchorage.  A graduate of Appalachian State University, his poems have most recently appeared in The Orange Room Review, Big River Poetry, Cold Mountain Review, and Cirque.

JOHN THOMAS YORK, born in Winston-Salem, has degrees from Wake Forest, Duke, and UNC-G. His work has appeared in many publications, including Appalachian Journal, Kenyon Review Online, and Tar River Poetry. He has published three chapbooks, and in 2012, Press 53 published his first full-length collection, Cold Spring Rising. In 2011, he received the first annual James Applewhite Poetry Prize from North Carolina Literary Review, for "Lamp," and in 2014, his memoir, "O Beautiful Bug," won the Linda Flowers Literary Award from the NC Humanities Council. He and his wife make their home in Greensboro., Big River Poetry, Cold Mountain Review, and Cirque.

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