Contributor Bios

CHARLOTTE PENCE’s poetry has previously appeared in Southern Poetry Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Seattle Review and other journals with new poems forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Tar River Poetry Review, Greensboro Review, RATTLE, and others. She has received the New Millennium Writing Award for Poetry, a poetry fellowship from the Tennessee Art Commission, the Libba Moore Gray poetry award, and the John C. Hodges award in poetry in 2008. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate concentrating in creative writing at the University of Tennessee and editor of Grist: The Journal for Writers.  She is also the author of The Writer’s Path: Creative Exercises for Meaningful Essays (Kendall Hunt, 2004).

RACHEL ADAMS is the managing editor of Change, a bimonthly magazine that reports on higher education; a freelance journalist; and the editor of Lines + Stars, an online literary journal. She received her B.A. in English from the Catholic University of America and her M.A. in writing from the Johns Hopkins University. She lives in Washington, DC.

GILBERT ALLEN, a past contributor to Town Creek Poetry, still lives in Travelers Rest, South Carolina.  He received the 2007 Robert Penn Warren Prize from The Southern Review for his poem "The Assistant."  Some of his newest poems and stories may be found in The Cortland Review, Emrys Journal, Kakalak, Shenandoah, and The Southern Review.

JENN BLAIR is a Park Hall Fellow at the University of Georgia where she teaches British Literature. She has published in Copper Nickel, The Tusculum Review, and SNR Review among others. She, her husband Dave, and daughter Katie live in Winterville, Georgia.

JEN MCCLUNG is a Pushcart-nominated poet, a finalist in the Creative Nonfiction/W.W. Norton Program-Off, and an avid fiction writer as well.  Her work appears in journals like The Cartographer Electric! and Hayden’s Ferry Review, and in anthologies like TalkingImageConnection’s Floating Worlds and Skinny Rabbit Press’ If Solitude Inspires.  In addition to her writing, Jen is a singer/songwriter with two albums and a long list of live performances, and several of her paintings can be found at 

MIRANDA MERKLEIN is a water person meandering the Gulf Coast. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Oxford American, Natural Bridge, The Columbia Review, and others. She is a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Southern Mississippi and the editor and publisher of Journal of Truth and Consequence, a magazine for the arts.

JORDAN REYNOLDS lives in Sacramento, California.  His work has appeared most recently in: Poetry Now, Poetry Midwest, The Tule Review, Prairie Margins, the Sacramento News & Review, Interim, The Emprise Review, and The Pedestal Magazine; in addition, his criticism can be found on The Great American Pinup.  Jordan is the author of Wind Physics, a broadside from Rattlesnake Press, and is a member of the editorial board for Convergence (

TOM SHEEHAN’s books are Epic Cures, 2005 and Brief Cases, Short Spans, November 2008 from Press 53; A Collection of Friends, 2004, From the Quickening, March 2009, from Pocol Press; proposals for story collections, Where the Cowboys Ride Forever, and Out of the Universe Endlessly Calling are with other publishers. His work is currently in or coming in Ocean Magazine, Perigee, Rope and Wire Magazine, Qarrtsiluni, Green Silk Journal, Halfway down the Stairs, Ad Hoc Monadnock, Hawk & Whippoorwill, Buffalo Carp, Eden Waters Press, Lyrical Ballads, Lock Raven Review, Indite Circle, Northville Review, Yale Angler’s Journal, Oddville Review, Ozone Park Journal, and in books coming from Press 53, Home of the Brave, Stories in Uniform, and Milspeak Anthology. He has 10 Pushcart nominations, Million-Writer Noted Story Nominations for 2007 and 2008, the Georges Simenon Award for fiction, and is included in the Dzanc Best of the Web Anthology for 2009. His poetry books include The Saugus Book; Ah, Devon Unbowed; Reflections from Vinegar Hill; and This Rare Earth & Other Flights. He is a 1956 Boston College graduate after service in Korea with the 31st Infantry Regiment, 1951.

WALLY SMITH is a writer and biologist currently living in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. His essays and poetry have been featured in a variety of national and regional publications, most recently in


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