Contributor Bios

RICHARD BOADA is the author of The Error of Nostalgia (Texas Review Press) and the chapbook Archipelago Sinking (Finishing Line Press), both nominated for Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Awards.  He is a graduate of the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi, and won the Sara-Jean McDowell Poetry Award at the University of Louisville.  His poems have been anthologized in Urban Voices: 51 Poems from 51 American Poets (San Francisco Bay Press) and The Southern Poetry Anthology (Texas Review Press). Recent work appears in RHINO, North American Review, Crab Orchard Review, Yalobusha Review, Jabberwock Review, and The Louisville Review among others.  He teaches creative writing at the University of Memphis.    

DAVID ARMAND was born and raised in Louisiana. He has worked as a drywall hanger, a draftsman, and as a press operator in a flag printing factory. He now teaches at Southeastern Louisiana University, where he also serves as associate editor for Louisiana Literature Press. In 2010, he won the George Garrett Fiction Prize for his first novel,  The Pugilist's Wife , which was published by Texas Review Press. His second novel,  Harlow , was published by Texas Review Press in 2013. David's third novel, The Gorge, is forthcoming this fall from Southeast Missouri State University Press; and his memoir, My Mother's House, is forthcoming Spring 2016 from Texas Review Press. David lives with his wife and two children and is working on his fifth book, The Lord's Acre, which is about a religious cult in Louisiana. He also recently finished a chapbook of poems called The Deep Woods.

ROY BENTLEY won a Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as individual artist fellowships from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the Ohio Arts Council. Thus far, 4 full-length books have appeared: Boy in a Boat (Univ of Alabama), Any One Man (Bottom Dog), The Trouble with a Short Horse in Montana (White Pine), and Starlight Taxi (Lynx House Press). Also, a chapbook from “Nosferatu in Florida” just appeared from Mudlark: An Electronic Journal of Poetry & Poetics.

JOHN BRANTINGHAM’S work has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac, and has had hundreds of poems and stories published in magazines in the United States and the United Kingdom. His newest poetry collection, The Green of Sunset, is from Moon Tide Press. He is the writer-in-residence at the dA Center for the Arts.

PHEBE DAVIDSON is the author of twenty-some published collections of poems, including Plasma Justice and Waking to Light  (Main Street Rag Publishing, 2011 and 2012). What Holds Him to this World (96 Press, 2013) is the winner of that year's South Carolina Poetry Archives Book Prize. She is a contributing editor at Tar River Poetry and a staff writer for The Asheville Poetry Review as well as the founding editor of Palanquin Press. Her poems and reviews appear regularly in print and online. She has been nominated six times for a Push Cart Prize and holds a number of national poetry awards, among them the Kinloch Rivers, Amelia, Soundpost Press and Ledge Press manuscript prizes. Self-described as a recovering academic, she is a  Distinguished Professor Emerita of the University of South Carolina Aiken and still up to her neck in poems. She lives in Greenville, South Carolina.

JOEL FERDON was born in Moreno Valley, California, but now calls Concord, North Carolina, home. He is the author of the chapbook Elegy for My Father's Bones (Louisiana Literature Press, forthcoming). His poems have appeared in such journals as Cold Mountain Review, Louisiana Literature, and sotrySouth, Joel received his M.A. and M.F.A. from McNeese State University, and is now pursuing his MLIS at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He works for the Cabarrus County Public Library.  

ROGER JONES currently teaches in the MFA poetry program at Texas State University.  He has published three collections of poetry, with two chapbooks scheduled for publication sometime this year (2015).

JAMES A. JORDAN is currently pursuing an MFA at the University of New Orleans. Previous work has appeared in the AuroreanBirmingham Arts Journal, Broad River Review, and San Pedro River Review.

ROBERT LEE KENDRICK lives in Clemson, SC. He has previously published, or has work forthcoming, in South Carolina Review, Kestrel, San Pedro River Review, Chiron Review, and I-70 Review.

NATHANIEL MADDOX was born and raised in middle Georgia. After earning a graduate degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, he moved back down south to Savannah, Georgia. He is currently in an MSW program and training to become a psychotherapist. In his free time, he likes to read creative nonfiction, write poetry, fish, watch Georgia football, and roughhouse with his dog, Hazel Mae.

Two books of JAMES OWENS's poems have been published: An Hour is the Doorway (Black Lawrence Press) and Frost Lights a Thin Flame (Mayapple Press). His poems, stories, translations, and photographs appear widely in literary journals, including recent or upcoming publications in Superstition Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, The Cresset, Connecticut River Review, and The Stinging Fly. Originally from Appalachian Virginia, he received an MFA from the University of Alabama and now divides his time between central Indiana and northern Ontario.

JIM PETERSON has some new poems coming out in Cave Wall and a new collection from Gunpowder Press, Original Face, was published this fall, which is his fifth full-length collection published, along with three chapbooks over the years.

RITA QUILLEN’s novel Hiding Ezra, just released by Little Creek Books, was a finalist for the 2005 DANA Awards, and a chapter of the novel is included In Talking Appalachian, a scholarly study of Appalachian dialect published by the University of Kentucky Press in 2014. A new full-length poetry collection, The Mad Farmer’s Wife, will be published in 2016 by Texas Review Press. You can learn much more about her, her work, and the beautiful Appalachian Mountains at her website

CLARENCE WOLFSHOHL lives with his writing, one dog and one cat in a nine-acre woods outside of Fulton, Missouri.  In late 2014, his chapbook Equus Essence was published online by Right Hand Pointing, and more recently his print chapbook Chupacabra  by El Grito del Lobo Press (2015).  Three-Corner Catch:  Book Talk, a chapbook in collaboration with Walter Bargen, has just been released in December 2015.

ANNIE WOODFORD lives Roanoke, Virginia, where she is a teacher at Virginia Western Community College. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Appalachian Heritage, The Comstock Review, Cold Mountain Review, The Chattahoochee ReviewWaccamaw, and The Normal School, among others.

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