Contributor Bios

EDWARD WILSON's poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Georgia Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Poetry (Chicago), The Southern Poetry Review, The South Carolina Review, and others. His awards include an Individual Artist Fellowship from the state of Georgia, a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Fellowship and an NEA Fellowship. He lives in Augusta, Georgia.

CATHY ALLMAN teaches creativity workshops in Connecticut. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in many literary journals, including California Quarterly (CQ), Caveat Lector, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Pearl, Potomac Review, Sanskrit, Talking River and Terminus.

KYLE ANDERSON is the recipient of a Fulbright. He is a 2014 and 2015 winner of VIA’s  Poetry On the Move Contest . His work is forthcoming in the anthology  Pushing the Envelope: Epistolary Poems  from Lamar University Press, and his work has appeared in  Voices De La Luna, Blue Hole,  and the  San Antonio Express-News . A native New Orleanian, he currently resides in San Antonio, TX where he teaches world geography. He plays guitar in a rock and roll band called  Levees.

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.

LEA BANKS has published in several journals including Big River Poetry Review, Poetry Northwest, Slipstream, Diner, Sweet, and American Poetry Journal. She is the author of All of Me (Booksmyth Press, 2008) and lives in western Massachusetts where she's the Poetry Coordinator for the Brattleboro Literary Festival in VT. Banks is the founder of the Collected Poets Series in Shelburne Falls, MA. She attended New England College's MFA program and her poems "All of Me" and "Hallelujah" have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Recently, Banks was a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center. Her chapbook is being re-issued as a paperback by Booksmyth Press.

C.L. BLEDSOE is the author of five novels, most recently Man of Clay, four poetry collections, most recently Riceland, and hundreds of publications in journals. He’s been nominated for the Pushcart Prize 13 times, had 2 stories selected as Notable Stories by Story South's Million Writers Award and 2 others nominated, and has been nominated for Best of the Net twice. He’s also had a flash story selected for the long list of Wigleaf’s 50 Best Flash Stories award. He can be found at Bledsoe lives in Alexandria, VA, with his daughter.

MARC DEMERS works as a cancer surgeon at a large cancer center by day. The poems and stories he writes at night reflect the courage and grace he witnesses in the patients he knows, and bear the mark of a life lived in Florida and on the coast of Maine.

RYAN DIXON was born and raised near Chattanooga, Tennessee, and he graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In 2008, he moved to Seoul, Korea for five years to teach literature at an international school. Currently, Ryan lives in Memphis, Tennessee where he teaches high school English. He has previously published in the Tennessee volume of The Southern Poetry Anthology.

LUKE HANKINS is the author of a collection of poems, Weak Devotions, and the editor of Poems of Devotion: An Anthology of Recent Poets (both from Wipf & Stock). A graduate of the Indiana University M.F.A. in Creative Writing program, where he held the Yusef Komunyakaa Fellowship in Poetry, Hankins serves as Senior Editor at Asheville Poetry Review and is the founder and editor of Orison Books, a non-profit literary press focused on the life of the spirit from a broad and inclusive range of perspectives. His newest book, The Work of Creation: Selected Prose, is forthcoming from Wipf & Stock this fall.


JOHN C. MANNONE has work appearing in The Southern Poetry Anthology (Volume VII, NC), Still: The Journal, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, Negative Capability, Split Rock Review, Agave, Tupelo Press, Raven Chronicles, Poetica Magazine, Synaesthesia, 3Elements Review, The Baltimore Review, Rose Red Review, Pirene’s Fountain, Tipton Poetry Journal, Prairie Wolf Press Review, The Pedestal, and others. His poetry collection, Apocalypse (Alban Lake Publishing), is forthcoming. He won the the 2015 Joy Margrave Award for creative nonfiction. He’s the poetry editor for Silver Blade and Abyss & Apex, and an adjunct professor of physics and chemistry in east TN. His work has been nominated three times for the Pushcart. Visit The Art of Poetry:

J. G. MCCLURE is an MFA candidate at the University of California - Irvine. His work appears in Gettysburg Review, Green Mountains Review, and The Southern Poetry Anthology: North Carolina, among others. He is the Craft Essay Editor and Assistant Poetry Editor of Cleaver, and is at work on his first collection. 

TOM MONTAG is most recently the author of In This Place: Selected Poems 1982-2013, as well as Middle Ground, Curlew: Home, Kissing Poetry's Sister, The Idea of the Local, and The Big Book of Ben Zen. Recent poems will be found at Architrave Press, Atticus Review, Blue Heron Review, The Chaffin Journal, Hamilton Stone Review, Mud Season Review, Plainsong, Portage, South 85, Sand, and many other journals. He blogs as The Middlewesterner and serves as Managing Editor of the Lorine Niedecker Monograph Series, What Region?

MATT PRATER's work has appeared in Appalachian Heritage, The Honest Ulsterman, James Dickey Review, and Still: The Journal, among other publications. His first chapbook, Mono No Aware, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. A writing instructor at Emory & Henry College, he will begin work on an MFA at Virginia Tech this fall. He lives in Saltville, VA.

LEE SLONIMSKY's work has appeared in Angle, Best of Asheville Poetry Review, The Carolina Quarterly, The Classical Outlook, Measure, The New York Times, New Ohio Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Per Contra, Poetry Daily, and Valparaiso Poetry Review, and has received seven Pushcart Prize nominations, and one for Best of the Web.  His fifth collection of poems, Wandering Electron, was published in June of 2014 by Spuyten Duyvil Press; his first detective novel, Bermuda Gold, will be published in June of 2015 by Moonshine Cove.  A French/English edition of his third book, Pythagoras in Love, translated by the gifted poet Elizabeth J. Coleman, appears from Folded Word Press in October 2015.   

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.

DON THOMPSON has been publishing poetry since the early sixties, including several books and chapbooks in this century. Back Roads won the 2008 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize. An LA Times profile, “Planted in the San Joaquin,” remains available online. Visit his website at for links to his books.

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