Erin Elizabeth Smith

Managing Editor of Sundress Publications and The Wardrobe; Creative Director of the Sundress Academy for the Arts; Founding Editor & Editor-at-Large of the Best of the Net Anthology and Stirring: A Literary Collection; President of the Board of Directors


Erin Elizabeth Smith is the Creative Director at the Sundress Academy for the Arts and the Managing Editor of Sundress Publications and The Wardrobe. She is the author of two full-length collections, The Naming of Strays (Gold Wake, 2011) and The Fear of Being Found (Three Candles, 2007). Her third collection, Down: The Alice Poems, will be released by Agape Editions in 2019. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Ecotone, Mid-American, Crab Orchard Review, Cimarron Review, and Willow Springs, among others. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi and teaches in the English Department at the University of Tennessee. In 2017, Erin Elizabeth Smith was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame.

Associate Fiction Editor of Sundress Publications


Saba Syed Razvi is the author of the collections In the Crocodile Gardens and heliophobia, as well as the chapbooks Limerence & Lux, Of the Divining and the Dead, and Beside the Muezzin's Call & Beyond the Harem's Veil. Her poems have appeared in journals such as The Offending Adam, Diner, TheTHE Poetry Blog's Infoxicated Corner, The Homestead Review, NonBinary Review, 10x3 plus, 13th Warrior Review, The Arbor Vitae Review, and Arsenic Lobster, and others, as well as in anthologies such as Carrying the Branch: Poets in Search of Peace (forthcoming), Voices of Resistance: Muslim Women on War Faith and Sexuality, The Loudest Voice Anthology, The Liddell Book of Poetry, Political Punch: Contemporary Poems on the Politics of Identity, The Rhysling Anthology, and Dreamspinning. Her works have been nominated for the 2017 Elgin Award, the Bettering American Poetry Awards, The Best of the Net Award, and the Rhysling Award, have appeared on the 2018 Stoker Award's preliminary ballot and have received a 2015 Independent Best American Poetry Award. She earned her PhD in Literature & Creative Writing from the University of Southern California in 2012. She is currently working as an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Houston in Victoria, TX, where in addition to working on scholarly research on interfaces between science and contemporary poetry, she is researching Sufi poetry in translation, writing new poems and fiction, and developing community based-programs to highlight poetry and contemporary literature in the Crossroads region of Texas.

Associate Editor & Chapbook Series Editor of Sundress Publications


Stacey Balkun is the author of Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak (dancing girl 2016) & Lost City Museum (ELJ 2016). A finalist for the 2016 Event Horizon Science Poetry Competition as well as the Center for Women Writer's 2016 Rita Dove Award, her work has appeared in Gargoyle, Muzzle, THRUSH, Bayou, and others. A 2015 Hambidge Fellow, Stacey served as Artist-in-Residence at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2013. She holds an MFA from Fresno State and teaches poetry online at The Poetry Barn.

Associate Editor at Sundress Publications


Tierney Bailey is a Libra, a lover of science fiction and poetry, and studies Korean in her spare time. Currently, Tierney is the production editor at Redivider, a copyeditor at Strange Horizons, and a freelance graphic designer. Tierney earned a Masters Degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College. Tierney is most easily found screaming into the void on Twitter as @ergotierney.

Associate Editor of Sundress Publications


Jeremy Michael Reed's poems and essays are published or forthcoming in Oxidant|Engine, Still: The Journal, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and elsewhere, including the anthology Mountains Piled upon Mountains: Appalachian Nature Writing in the Anthropocene. He holds a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Tennessee, where he was the editor-in-chief of Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts and assistant to Joy Harjo. He is now an Assistant Professor of English at Westminster College in Fulton, MO.

Member of the Board of Directors; Staff Director and Assistant Editor at Sundress Publications; Coordinator for Poets in Pajamas


Anna Black received her MFA at Arizona State University, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Collagist, The Seattle Times, Hotel Amerika, 45th Parallel, Bacopa Review, Wordgathering, SWWIM, The American Journal of Poetry, Hayden's Ferry Review, and New Mobility among others. She has taught composition, creative writing, and/or publishing at Arizona State University, Western Washington University, Perryville Women's Prison (as a guest lecturer), and the National University of Singapore. She is the Staff Director and an Assistant Editor at Sundress Publications, the poetry editor for Doubleback Review, and the curator for the Poets in Pajamas reading series.

librecht baker

Assistant Editor of Sundress Publications; Member of Board of Directors


librecht baker. Long Beach, CA native. Member of Dembrebrah West African Drum and Dance Ensemble. MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. VONA/Voices and Lambda Literary Writer Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices Fellow. Poetry is forthcoming in Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices (Trans-Genre Press) and is included in CHORUS: A Literary Mixtape (MTv Books).


Member of Board of Directors


Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, a first-generation Chicana, is the author of Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge (Sundress Publications 2016). A former Steinbeck Fellow, Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange winner and Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grantee, she's received residencies from Hedgebrook, Ragdale, National Parks Arts Foundation and Poetry Foundation. Her work is published in Acentos Review, CALYX, crazyhorse, and American Poetry Review among others. A dramatization of her poem "Our Lady of the Water Gallons," directed by Jesús Salvador Treviño, can be viewed at latinopia.com. She is a cofounder of Women Who Submit and a member of Macondo Writers' Workshop.


Assistant Editor of Sundress Publications


Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello is the author of Hour of the Ox (University of Pittsburgh, 2016), winner of the 2015 AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and a 2016 Florida Book Award bronze medal. She has received poetry fellowships from Kundiman, the Knight Foundation, and the American Literary Translators Association. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets, Best Small Fictions, The New York Times, and more.

Emily Capettini

Assistant Editor of Sundress Publications


Emily Capettini is the author of Thistle, winner of Omnidawn's Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Contest. Her work has previously appeared in places such as Menacing Hedge, Noctua Review, and Stirring. Originally from Batavia, IL, she is now Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Fiction at Indiana State University.


Meagan Cass

Assistant Editor of Sundress Publications; Managing Editor of Craft Chaps; Secretary of Board of Directors


Meagan Cass's first book, ActivAmerica, won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction judged by Claire Vaye Watkins and was published in November 2017 by UNT Press. She is author of the chapbook Range of Motion (Magic Helicopter Press, 2014), and her stories have appeared in Hayden's Ferry Review, The Pinch, DIAGRAM, Joyland, and Puerto del Sol, among many others. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and a Ph.D. from the University of Louisiana Lafayette, where she was a founder of the online journal Rougarou. Her flash fiction was chosen by Dan Chaon for the Wigleaf Top 50 and appeared in Smokelong Quarterly's Best of the First Ten Years Anthology. An Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois Springfield, she advises the undergraduate literary magazine The Alchemist Review and is founder and curator of the Shelterbelt Reading Series. She also co-organizes Gap Garden, a new fiction reading series based in St.Louis, where she lives with many plants.

Member of the Board of Directors; Poetry Coordinator for the Best of the Net Anthology


Sarah A. Chavez, a mestiza born and raised in the California Central Valley, is the author of the poetry collections, Hands That Break & Scar (Sundress Publications, 2017) and All Day, Talking (dancing girl press, 2014). Her most recent work can be found or is forthcoming in Xicanx: Mexican American Writers of the 21st Century, IDK Magazine, and Five:2:One #thesideshow. Her new poetry project, Halfbreed Helene Navigates the Whole received a 2019-2020 Tacoma Artists Initiative Award. She recently joined the faculty at the University of Washington Tacoma where she teaches creative writing and Latinx/Chicanx-focused courses. A proud member of the Macondo Writers Workshop, Chavez serves as the poetry coordinator for Best of the Net Anthology and is currently in the market for her first multispeed bicycle.

Assistant Editor of Sundress Publications


Sarah Clark is a non-binary Native (Nanticoke) editor, writer, and cultural consultant. They are a VIDA Board Member, Executive Editor at VIDA Review, Co-Editor at Bettering American Poetry, a reader at Atlas Review, as well as Editor-in-Chief and Features & Reviews Editor at Anomaly. She curated Anomaly's GLITTERBRAIN folio on mental health by trans and queer writers of color, a folio on Indigenous & Decolonial Futures & Futurisms, and edited Drunken Boat's folios on Sound Art, "Desire & Interaction," and a collection of global indigenous art and literature, "First Peoples, Plural." They were co-editor of Apogee Journal's #NoDAPL #Still Here folio, and co-edited Apogee Journal's series "WE OUTLAST EMPIRE," of work against imperialism, and "Place[meant]," on place and meaning. Sarah has previously read for Sundress Publications' Best of the Net and Curious Specimens anthologies.

Assistant Editor of Sundress Publications


Beth Couture is the author of Women Born with Fur (Jaded Ibis Press, 2014), and her fiction has appeared in numerous journals, including Gargoyle, The Southeast Review, The Yalobusha Review, and Ragazine, and in various anthologies. She holds a PhD from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi, an MFA from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master's in Social Service from Bryn Mawr College, and is a therapist in the Counseling Center at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She and her spouse live with their 4 cats in a little apartment with great light in West Philly.

Darren C. Demaree

Assistant Editor of Sundress Publications; Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology; Member of the Board of Directors


Darren C. Demaree is living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children. He is the author of six poetry collections and is the recipient of nine Pushcart Prize nominations. Currently, he is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry.

Assistant Editor of Sundress Publications


Samantha Edmonds is the author of the chapbooks Pretty to Think So (Selcouth Station Press, 2019) and The Space Poet (forthcoming from Split Lip Press). Her fiction and nonfiction appears or is forthcoming in such journals as The Rumpus, Ninth Letter, Mississippi Review, Black Warrior Review, Indiana Review, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency, among others. She has formerly served as the Fiction Editor for Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts and as the Community Outreach Director for Sundress Academy for the Arts; currently, she works as the Assitant Fiction Editor for Sundress Publications and the Fiction Editor for Doubleback Review. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cincinnati and an MFA from the University of Tennessee. Originally from Ohio, she now lives in Columbia, MO, where she's a PhD candidate in Fiction at the University of Missouri.

Ashley Elizabeth

Assistant Editor of Sundress Publications


Ashley Elizabeth is a 20-something black poet and memoirist from Baltimore who draws inspiration from her city, her people, her space, and her body. She has been featured in journals such as Rose Water, Rat's Ass Review, and For the Sonorous, among others.

Assistant Editor of Sundress Publications


Rax King is a dog-loving, hedgehog-mothering, beer-swilling, gay and disabled sumbitch who occasionally writes poetry. She is the author of the collection The People's Elbow: Thirty Recitatives on Rape and Wrestling (Ursus Americanus, 2018). Her work can also be found in Yes Poetry, Dream Pop, and Five:2:One.

Assistant Editor of Sundress Publications


Heather Knox is the author of the poetry collection Dowry Meat (Words Dance Publishing, 2015) and the forthcoming young adult fiction series Vampire Wars (EPIC Escape, 2018). Her poetry has appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, [PANK], decomP magazinE, Word Riot, Thrush, and elsewhere. She earned her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 2013. Heather currently teaches online as an adjunct professor for Southern New Hampshire University and as a Teaching Artist for Poetry Barn.

Assistant Editor of Sundress Publications; Host of Shitty First Drafts


Brynn Martin is a Kansas native living in Knoxville, where she received her MFA in poetry from the University of Tennessee. She co-hosts Shitty First Drafts, a podcast made for and by writers. Her poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming from Contrary Magazine, Yes, Poetry, Rogue Agent, and Crab Orchard Review.

Nicole Oquendo

Assistant Editor of Sundress Publications; Treasurer, Board of Directors


Nicole Oquendo is especially interested in nontraditional, multimodal compositions and translations in all genres. Their work can be found in numerous literary journals, as well as in the chapbooks some prophets, self is wolf, wringing gendered we, and Space Baby, and the hybrid memoir Telomeres. They have also curated the Sundress Publications anthology Manticore: Hybrid Writing from Hybrid Identities. Nicole has also been serving the community since 2000, giving time as an editor to several literary journals and presses, and has been working as a writing educator since 2008.

Assistant Editor of Sundress Publications


Sam Slaughter is the author of the chapbook When You Cross That Line and the collection God in Neon. He works as a spirits writer for The Manual. Follow him on Twitter at @slaughterwrites.

Luci Brown

Vice President, Board of Directors; Managing & Poetry Editor of Stirring: A Literary Collection


Luci Brown is an Appalachian highlander currently pursuing nonprofit work in the bourbon barrel hills of Louisville, Kentucky. Her chapbook, Home Brew, was published in 2015, and her work has appeared in Moon City Review, Rogue Agent, Menacing Hedge, and others. She is the managing and poetry editor for Stirring as well as a reader for Best of the Net. She lives with her tall partner, particular child, and strange dogs.

Staff Director, Sundress Academy for the Arts


Lauren Sutherland is a graduate of Lee University in Cleveland, TN and proudly has a Bachelor's degree in English with a writing emphasis and a Deaf Studies minor. Lauren enjoys reading and writing poetry, but her ultimate passion is for editing. She has previously been published in the Tennessee Magazine and Dark River Review.

Writer in Residence, Sundress Academy for the Arts


Katie Culligan is a nonfiction writer living in Knoxville, TN, where she is the Fall 2019 Writer in Residence at Sundress Academy for the Arts. She is the recipient of the 2019 Eleanora Burke Award for Nonfiction and the Margaret Artley Woodruff Award for Creative Writing from the University of Tennessee. Recent work appears in Geometry, Noble / Gas Qtrly, Columbia Journal, American Chordata, and others.

Literary Arts Director, Sundress Academy for the Arts


Nik Buhler is a queer, Appalachian native living in Knoxville, Tennessee. Their work has appeared in Phoenix Literary Arts Magazine and Crab Fat Magazine. When they're not writing new poems and essays with the help of their two cats, Nik can be found at Firefly Farms annoying sheep and chicken into loving them back.

Development Director, Sundress Academy for the Arts


Tori Lane is in the fourth year of her PhD program where she studies spoken word poetry, performance, and queer embodiments at the intersections of spirituality, activism, and community building. She lives in Knoxville, TN with a dog, Lucy, another dog who is mostly wizard, Gibby, and an old, cranky cat, Meow.

Community Outreach Director, Sundress Academy for the Arts


With origins in Manila and growing up in Knoxville, TN, Arlynn Dunn is interested in the intersections of poetry, speculative nonfiction, and amplifying representation of transnational adoptees in the context of the Asian American diaspora. A full-time pediatric occupational therapy assistant, Arlynn uses down time to grow as an emerging poet and reader, engage in community advocacy, and is frequently spotted at spoken word events, diving nose first into books, and sometimes flan at La Esperanza.

Fundraising Director, Sundress Academy for the Arts


Chloe Hanson is a PhD candidate at the University of Tennessee. Her poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Contemporary Verse 2, Pretty Owl, Arsenic Lobster, Crab Fat Literary Magazine, and Calamus. When she has time, she also loves to write and perform music, drink beer, and play with her dogs.

Sundress Reading Series Coordinator, Sundress Academy for the Arts


Emily Jalloul is a Lebanese-American poet and PhD candidate in English and Creative Writing at the University of Tennessee. Her previous work has been published or is forthcoming in Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Gravel, Juked, Origins, The FEM, The Offing, as well as others.

Fiction Coordinator for the Best of the Net Anthology


Tasha Coryell teaches English at the University of Alabama where she received her MFA. Her first collection of short stories, Hungry People, is coming out July 2018 from Split Lip Press. She's had work featured in Word Riot, Whiskeypaper, DIAGRAM, Pank, and other journals.

Nonfiction Coordinator for the Best of the Net Anthology


Ellen Adria Orner is a nonfiction writer and poet living in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she makes a living as the communications director for the University of Tennessee School of Art. She also serves as the Reading Series Coordinator for the Sundress Academy for the Arts and reads poetry for Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts. She was a 2018 "Artivism" contest judge for The Lighter, the student-run literary and fine arts journal out of Valparaiso University, her alma mater. Ellen was born and raised in Gary, Indiana, and has deep and abiding love for the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Managing Editor of Craft Chaps


Amy Sayre Baptista's fiction collection, PRIMITIVITY (2018), was a Black River Chapbook Competition Winner. Her writing has appeared in The Best Small Fictions (2017), Ninth Letter, Alaska Quarterly Review, and other journals. She was a SAFTA fellow (2015), a CantoMundo Poetry fellow (2013), and a scholarship recipient to the Disquiet Literary Festival in Lisbon, Portugal (2011). She is a co-founder of Plates&Poetry, a community arts program focused on food and writing. She has an MFA in Fiction from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Managing Editor at The Wardrobe


Nilsa Rivera writes about gender and diversity issues. Rivera's work appeared in the Huffington Post, 50 GS Magazine, Six Hens, Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, and Selkie Literary Magazine. It's also been featured at Miami Book Fair's LipService True Stories, Out Loud Miami, the Writing Class Radio podcast, and at the "Muses and Music" multidisciplinary event of the Cream Literary Alliance. She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband, teenage son, three dogs, and her cat, Lunafreya.

Manging/Poetry Editor of Doubleback Books


Catherine Moore is the author of Story (Finishing Line Press), 921b Elysian Fields Avenue (Return to Sender) (Kentucky Story Press, 2015), and Wetlands (dancing girl press, 2016). Her fiction has appeared in Tahoma Literary Review, Six Little Things, Illinois Wesleyan University Press, Stymie Magazine, Indianola Review, and in various anthologies. Her work was included in The Best Small Fictions of 2015. Catherine lives in the Nashville area where she enjoys a thriving writer's community and was awarded a MetroArts grant. Catherine earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Tampa and she currently teaches English at a community college. Previously, she served as an editor at the Tampa Review Online and at Toe Good Poetry.

Poetry Editor of Doubleback Books


Danielle Hanson is the author of Fraying Edge of Sky (Codhill Press Poetry Prize, 2018) and Ambushing Water (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2017). Her work won the Vi Gale Award from Hubbub, was Finalist for 2018 Georgia Author of the Year Award, and was nominated for several Pushcarts. She is Poetry Editor for Doubleback Books, has edited Hayden's Ferry Review, and is on the staff of the Atlanta Review.

Host of Shitty First Drafts


Stephanie Lee Phillips is a writer and photographer from Tennessee currently working at her alma mater and hanging out with mostly poets. She has a BFA in English from the University of Tennessee and an MA in fiction from the University of Southern Mississippi's Center for Writers program. Currently living in Knoxville, TN, she works closely with the local literary non-profit Sundress Academy for the Arts and serves as art editor for the online literary journal, Stirring. Her fiction appears in Entropy Magazine.

Editor of Rogue Agent


Jill Khoury is interested in the intersection of poetry, visual art, representations of gender, and disability. She is a Western Pennsylvania Writing Project fellow and has taught writing and literature in high school, university, and enrichment environments. She holds an MFA from The Ohio State University. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous journals, including Arsenic Lobster, Copper Nickel, Inter|rupture, and Portland Review. She has also been anthologized in Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence, Pudding House Press released her chapbook, Borrowed Bodies, in 2009. Her debut full-length collection, Suites for the Modern Dancer will be released by Sundress Publications in 2016.

Editor of Pretty Owl Poetry


Kelly Andrews is the poetry coeditor for Pretty Owl Poetry. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in PANK, Prick of the Spindle, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Lime Hawk, and Weave Magazine, among others. Her chapbook Mule Skinner is available from dancing girl press (2014). She is a poetry coeditor for Hot Metal Bridge and has a hand in creating B.E. Quarterly, a sometimes-quarterly zine.

Editor of cahoodaloodaling


Raquel Thorneis the Managing Editor of cahoodaloodaling. Additionally, she is an Editor-at-Large for Up the Staircase Quarterly and has served as the Editorial Assistant for The Southern Review, co-director for the Delta Mouth Literary Festival 2018, and Reviews/Interviews Editor for The New Delta Review. A BinderCon Scholarship recipient, her poetry has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Manchester Review, and Midwest Quarterly, among others. She earned her MFA from Louisiana State University where her hybrid thesis, "The Wooden Boy," was selected by Sawako Nakayasu for the Robert Penn Warren Thesis Award for Poetry and has been awarded a three-year University Doctoral Fellowship to study English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she plans to continue her work on the scholarship behind her creative thesis in Southern Studies and Disability Studies to interrogate internalized dominance in American white culture. A genderqueer poet from the North Bay, her body resides in Louisiana, save the heart she left behind in Wisconsin.

Editor of Doubleback Review


For money, Krista Cox is a paralegal. For joy, she's an associate poetry editor at Stirring: A Literary Collection, a member of the board of the Feminist Humanist Alliance, and Executive Director of Lit Literary Collective, a nonprofit serving her local literary community. Her poetry has appeared in Columbia Journal, Crab Fat Magazine, The Humanist, and elsewhere.

Editorial Intern at Sundress Publications; Blog Contributor, Lyric Essentials


Riley Steiner is a recent graduate of Miami University, where she studied Creative Writing and Media & Culture. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, she enjoys baking, cheering for the Green Bay Packers, and spending way too much money at Half Price Books. Her creative work has appeared in the Oakland Arts Review and Collision.

Lead Designer at Sundress Publications


Kristen Camille Ton is a recent graduate of Lee University, who majored in English Literature and Writing and minored in Graphic Design and Anthropology. When not designing, she's often writing poetic, lyrical things or reading creative nonfiction, and occasionally, you'll catch her booting up a gaming system. Kristen hopes to one day write like Annie Dillard, capturing a profound sense of wonder at the world. 'Til then, she attempts to channel that wonder through her designs, as inspired by the works for which she designs.

Graphic Designer at Sundress Publications


Originally from Puerto Rico, Mariana Sierra now dwells in the New River Valley. She holds an MA in English from Monmouth University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Virginia Tech. She loves graphic novels, dogs, comedies, sugar and all things handmade.

Graphic Design Intern at Sundress Publications


Lori Tennant is a poet pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Georgia College and State University. Her undergraduate degree is in graphic design and that merges with her poetry to become Crankies. She is prone to chasing butterflies, storytelling, and pretending to be a mermaid. Nature and myth play a large role in her work.

Editorial Intern at the Sundress Academy for the Arts


JoAnna Brooker is a graduate from the University of Tennessee, where she studied Journalism and English. Her work has been featured in The Knoxville Mercury, UT's Daily Beacon, and occasionally on stage. She can be found on all social media platforms @cupofjoanna.

Editorial Intern at Sundress Publications


Maria Esquinca is an MFA candidate at the University of Miami. She is the winner of the 2018 Alfred Boas Poetry Prize, judged by Victoria Chang. Her poetry has appeared in The Florida Review, Scalawag Magazine, and Acentos Review and is forthcoming from Glass: A Journal of Poetry and Waxwing. A fronteriza, she was born in Ciudad Juárez, México and grew up in El Paso, Texas. You can find her on Twitter @m_esquinca.

Editorial Intern at Sundress Publications


Erica Hoffmeister holds an MA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry from Chapman University, and teaches college writing across the Denver Metro area. She is the author of two poetry collections: Lived in Bars (Stubborn Mule Press, 2019), and the prize-winning chapbook, Roots Grew Wild (Kingdoms in the Wild Press, 2019). She’s obsessed with pop culture, cross country road trips, and her two daughters, Scout and Lux.

Fundraising Intern at the Sundress Academy for the Arts


Autumn Lewis is an undergraduate at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is an English major with a concentration in creative writing and a Women Gender & Sexuality minor. She is an advocate for the expansion and normalization of marginalized voices with a strong stance on bringing personality and humility into her work.

Development Intern at Sundress Publications


Tricia Lopez was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. From a very young age, she wrote short stories about spiders and dogs, sparking her interest in writing. She currently is a 4th year Professional Writing major at Woodbury University. Tricia has been an editor for Moria Literary Magazine since 2017. She has had her worked published in Cultural Weekly and Athena. She has written several articles for up-and-coming magazines and wrote lyrics and the concept for a R&B album.

Social Media Intern at Sundress Publications


Jessica Lovett is a junior at Fordham University, where she studies Comparative Literature and French. Her poetry has been published in Fordham's Bricolage and ANGLES Literary Magazine. She also loves to write music, impulsively get tattoos, and watch movie musicals.

Editorial Intern at the Sundress Academy for the Arts


Bailey Martin is a writer and English student at the University of Tennessee. She was awarded the 2019 Michael Dennis Poetry Award and Margaret Artley Woodruff Award for Creative Writing. In her free time, she enjoys learning about linguistics, taking photos of cows, and thinking about the circus.

Editorial Intern at Sundress Publications


Megan McCarter is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a BA in English. She is a founding editor of Call Me [Brackets] literary magazine and has presented her research at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association annual conference. You can find her in Tennessee playing with her pets, nose deep in folklore, or working on her latest story.

Editorial Intern at Sundress Publications


Kimberly Ann Priest is the author of White Goat Black Sheep (FLP). She is an MFA graduate in Creative Writing from New England College, already holding an MA in English Language & Literature from Central Michigan University. A proud Michigan native, she has taught composition and creative writing courses for Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, and Alma College, and participated in local initiatives to increase awareness concerning sexual assault, survivorship, and healing through artistic expression. Her academic and creative writing carefully observes the intersections of motherhood, violence, displacement, religion, sexual identity, and sexual trauma; and her poetry has appeared in several literary journals including The Coachella Review, The Comstock Review, Welter, Ruminate Magazine, RiverSedge, and The Berkeley Poetry Review. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of First-Year Writing at Michigan State University, book reviewer for New Pages, and an editor for the Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry.

Editorial Intern at Sundress Publications


Jacquelyn Scott is a candidate at The University of Tennessee for her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature and The Write Launch. Find her on Twitter @jacquelynlscott.

Editorial Intern at the Sundress Academy for the Arts


Peyton Vance is a senior at the University of Tennessee. He's had five pieces published this year and is also currently the prose editor at the Phoenix Literary Magazine. He loves writing in any form whether it be poetry, prose, photos, plays or any other word that doesn't start with a P. Peyton wants to eventually get into production and screenwriting and does not want to become homeless when he grows up. His favorite food is pizza.

Development Intern at Sundress Publications


Ada Wofford is currently avoiding her inevitable 9-5 enslavement by studying library science at UW-Madison. She holds a BA in English literature, has been published in a handful of journals, and most recently, has had two pieces appear in McSweeney's Internet Tendency. When all that highbrow writing-stuff starts to feel too stuffy, she enjoys drinking cheap beer and playing with her band Friendo.