Contributor Bios

DANIEL CORRIE's poetry is currently featured or forthcoming in The Birmingham Poetry Review, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, Measure and   

Some of JEFF BAKER’s recent poems have appeared in Blackbird, Boxcar Poetry Review, The Cream City Review, Washington Square, and Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VI: Tennessee.

CLAY CANTRELL is an MFA student in creative writing at the University of Memphis. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Five Quarterly, Nashville Review, Midwest Quarterly, and others. He lives in Memphis, where he also records experimental folk songs.

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.

TOBI COGSWELL is a multiple Pushcart nominee and a Best of the Net nominee.  Credits include or are forthcoming in various journals in the US, UK, Sweden and Australia.   In 2012 and 2013 she was short-listed for the Fermoy International Poetry Festival. In 2013 she received Honorable Mention for the Rachel Sherwood Poetry Prize. Her sixth and latest chapbook is Lapses & Absences (Blue Horse Press).  She is the co-editor of San Pedro River Review (

KEVIN CUTRER was raised in Louisiana and now resides in Boston. His poems have appeared in such publications as Louisiana Literature, Texas ReviewThe Hudson ReviewThe Dark Horse, and in The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume IV: Louisiana.

BARBARA DANIELS's Rose Fever was published by WordTech Press and her chapbooks Black Sails and Quinn & Marie by Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press. She received a fellowship in poetry for 2014 from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Her poems have appeared in Mid-American ReviewSpillway, WomenArts Quarterly Journal, Misfit Magazine, The Literary Review, and many other journals. 

MICHELLE BONCZEK EVORY is the author of The Ghosts of Lost Animals (Trio House Press, forthcoming) and the chapbook The Art of the Nipple (Orange Monkey Publishing, 2013). Her poetry is  forthcoming in the Best New Poets 2013 anthology, has been published in over sixty journals and magazines, including Crazyhorse, Cream City Review, Green Mountains Review, Margie, and Orion Magazine, and has received numerous awards including the Jane Kenyon Award, The Sherwin W Howard Award, and the Consequence Prize. Currently she is a Visiting Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

ANGIE HOGAN’s poems have been published widely in journals including The Antioch Review, Ploughshares, Quarterly West, The Threepenny Review, Subtropics, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. Her work also appears in The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VI: Tennessee. (Texas Review Review, 2013) and has been featured on Poetry Daily. Originally from a small town in east Tennessee, Angie now resides near Charlottesville and works at the University Press of Virginia.

JANICE HORNBURG is a native Texan who transplanted to East Tennessee in 1993. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Houston Baptist University in 1970, and was employed as a clinical research scientist involved in the FDA approval of new drugs. She is a member of the Poetry Society of Tennessee—NE Chapter, the North Carolina Writers’ Network, and the Lost State Writers’ Guild. For her poetry, she has won first-place awards from the Poetry Society of Tennessee, The Poetry Society of Texas, the Poetry Society of Virginia, the Watauga Branch of the National League of American Pen Women, and Green River Writers. Janice’s chapbook, Perspectives, was released by Finishing Line Press in May, 2013. Her poem, “Fall’s Fabric” is included in the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Gretchen Moran Laskas Volume V.  “My Father’s Room” appears in The Southern Poetry Anthology, Vol. VI: Tennessee. Other poems have appeared in Chapter 16Bylines Magazine, and Tennessee Voices.

ELIZABETH W. JACKSON is a practicing psychologist and writer, who has published in a variety of fields including psychology, the visual and literary arts. Mainly, she loves poetry, though, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Crab Orchard ReviewPotomac ReviewTar River Poetry and Zone 3

HELGA KIDDER is a native of Germany and lives in the Tennessee hills with her husband and dog.  She has two collections of poetry, Wild Plums (2012), and Luckier than the Stars (published in 2013 by Blue Light Press). Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, most recently in 3Elements Review and the The Southern Poetry Anthology: Tennessee. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and Vermont College, is co-founder of the Chattanooga Writers Guild, and leads their poetry group. 

JOSHUA LAVENDER earned his BA in English Literature at Georgia College & State University and is now matriculating in the MFA poetry program at the University of Maryland, College Park. His poems have appeared in Free State Review, Able Muse, and The Southern Poetry Anthology. He edits and co-translates poetry from Eastern Europe at Plamen Press in Washington, D.C.

JACQUELYN MALONE has been a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship grant in poetry. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Beloit Poetry JournalCimarron Review, Cortland Review, Poetry Northwest, and many other publications. The poem published in the Beloit Journal was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. A poem of hers appears in Southern Poetry Anthology VI: Tennessee. She is the writer/editor for, the site for the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. Her chapbook, All Waters Run to Lethe, was published by Finishing Line Press.  

CHRISTOPHER MARTIN is author of three poetry chapbooks: Marcescence: Poems from Gahneesah (Finishing Line Press, forthcoming), co-authored with David King; Everything Turns Away: Poems from Acworth and the Allatoonas (La Vita Poetica Press, forthcoming); and A Conference of Birds (New Native Press, 2012). His work has appeared in The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume V: Georgia (Texas Review Press, 2012), Shambhala Sun, Waccamaw, Ruminate Magazine, Thrush Poetry Journal, Still: The Journal, Buddhist Poetry Review, and elsewhere, including Loose Change Magazineís recent and inaugural print issue, The Best of Loose Change. The editor of Flycatcher, a contributing editor at New Southerner, and a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Chris lives with his wife and their two young children in northwest Georgia, between the Allatoona Range and Kennesaw Mountain. You can find him online at

RAY MCMANUS is the author of four books of poetry: Punch. (Hub City Press, forthcoming) Red Dirt Jesus (Marick Press, 2011), Left Behind (Steeping Stones Press, 2008), and Driving through the country before you are born (USC Press, 2007). His poetry has appeared most recently in Blue Collar ReviewBarely SouthThe Pinch, Hayden’s Ferry, and moonShine Review. McManus is an Assistant Professor of English in the Division of Arts and Letters at University of South Carolina Sumter where he teaches creative writing, Irish literature, and Southern literature.

DON RUSS publishes regularly and widely in the literary magazines (including four poems in Town Creek Poetry in 2010 and 2011). He is author of Dream Driving (Kennesaw State University Press, 2007) and the chapbook Adam’s Nap (Billy Goat Press, 2005). His poem “Girl with Gerbil,” originally published in The Cincinnati Review, was chosen for inclusion in The Best American Poetry 2012.

MIKE SAYE is a Georgia native. He is currently an MFA student at Georgia State University where he teaches freshman composition and serves as an editorial assistant for Five Points: A Journal of Literature and Art. His work has been published in Rattle. You can get in touch with him via Twitter @Mike_Saye23.

SUSAN O'DELL UNDERWOOD directs the creative writing program at Carson-Newman University, where she also teaches Appalachian lit and courses in poetry. Most recently she has poems in Rock & Sling and the new Yale Divinity School literary journal, LETTERS, and forthcoming in Now & Then and Alimentum. Her chapbook From is available from Finishing Line Press, and she's a regular reader on Tennessee Shines, a live performance program broadcast each Monday night by radio station WDVX in Knoxville, Tennessee.

JAMES VALVIS is the author of How to Say Goodbye (Aortic Books, 2011). His poems or stories have appeared in journals such as Arts & Letters, Barrow Street, Natural Bridge, Rattle, River Styx, The Sun, and many others. His poetry has been featured in Verse Daily and the Best American Poetry website. His fiction was chosen for the 2013 Sundress Best of the Net. A former US Army soldier, he lives near Seattle.

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