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 founder and managing editor of Sundress Publications and the Creative Director of the Sundress Academy for the Arts at Firefly Farms. She is the author of The Naming of Strays (Gold Wake Press, 2011) and The Fear of Being Found, which will be re-released this year from Zoetic Press. Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in numerous literary magazines including Mid-American, 32 Poems, New Delta Review, The Yalobusha Review, The Florida Review, Cimarron Review, Third Coast, and Crab Orchard. Smith earned her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2009 and is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Tennessee.

T.A. Noonan

Founding Editor of Flaming Giblet Press; Associate Editor of Sundress Publications; Editor-at-Large of the Best of the Net Anthology; Development Director the Sundress Academy for the Arts; Treasurer of the Board of Directors

T.A. Noonan is a queer writer, artist, geek, and witch whose full-length books include The Bone Folders, Petticoat Government, four sparks fall: a novella, and a forthcoming collection of radical translations, The Ep[is]odes: a reformulation of Horace. They are also the author of the chapbooks Balm, Darjeeling, Dress the Stars, The Midway Iterations, and Fall. Individual works have appeared in Whiskey Island, LIT, Reunion: The Dallas Review, Ninth Letter, Phoebe, Open Letters Monthly, and more. Currently nesting in Florida, they serve as an Associate Editor of Sundress Publications, the Development Director of the Sundress Academy for the Arts, and the Founding Editor of Flaming Giblet Press. Noonan walks like Godzilla on a mission, and their current obsessions include brush pens, magical alphabets, cleromancy, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Sara Henning

Associate Editor of Sundress Publications; Member of Board of Directors

Sara Henning is the author of A Sweeter Water (2013), as well as two chapbooks, Garden Effigies (2015) and To Speak of Dahlias (2012). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as Quarterly West, the Cincinnati Review, Witness, Meridian, Crab Orchard Review, and RHINO. Winner of the 2015 Crazyhorse Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize, she serves as Associate Editor of Sundress Publications

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.

Macy French

Staff Editor at Sundress Publications

Macy French is a recent graduate of Tusculum College where she earned her BA in creative writing. Her poetry has appeared in Connotation Press, Gravel: A Literary Journal, Lady Blue Literary Journal, DASH Literary Journal, and others. She is the former editorial assistant in poetry for The Tusculum Review and a former SAFTA intern. When she's not in workshop or tutoring composition students, she loves to eat sushi and pet any dog that crosses her path. She plans to pursue an MFA in poetry later this year.

Assistant Editor of Sundress Publications

Jordi Alonso graduated with an AB in English from Kenyon College in 2014 and was the first Turner Fellow in Poetry at Stony Brook University where he received his MFA. He is the Gus T. Ridgel Fellow in English at the University of Missouri where he is a PhD candidate studying the cultural transmission of nymphs and fauns in literature. He's been published in Kenyon Review Online, Noble/Gas Qtrly, Roanoke Review, Levure Littéraire, and other journals. Honeyvoiced, his first book, was published by XOXOX Press and his chapbook, The Lovers' Phrasebook, was published by Red Flag Poetry Press in 2017.

Assistant Editor of Sundress Publications

Noh Anothai was a 2011-12 Fulbright researcher in Bangkok, where he hosted cultural events for Thailand's Ministry of Culture and College of Dramatic Arts. Since then, Noh's original poems and translations of Thai poetry have appeared both online and in-print. Winner of Lunch Ticket's Gabo Prize for Translation and Multi-lingual Texts (2014) and the OUTspoken Contest (2015), Noh currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where he teaches Creative Writing for the online MFA program at Lindenwood University and volunteers for River Styx.

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).

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; Secretary of Board of Directors

Meagan Cass is the author of Range of Motion (Magic Helicopter Press). Her fiction has appeared in Hayden's Ferry Review, The Pinch, DIAGRAM, Washington Square, and Puerto del Sol, among other places. Meagan is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Illinois Springfield, where she teaches courses in creative writing, publishing, literature, and composition. She founded and is a curator of the Shelterbelt Reading Series at UIS and serves as an assistant editor at Sundress Publications, coordinating fiction for the Best of the Net anthology. Over the last ten years, she has done editorial work for a range of national literary journals, including Stirring, Harpur Palate, and Rougarou, of which she is a founding editor.

Beth Couture

Assistant Editor of Sundress Publications; Prose Editor at Doubleback Books; Member of the Board of Directors

Beth Couture's work can be found in a number of journals and anthologies, including Gargoyle, Drunken Boat, The Southeast Review, Ragazine, and Thirty Under Thirty from Starcherone Books. Her novella, Women Born with Fur, was published by Jaded Ibis Press in 2014 as part of its Blue Bustard Novellas series. She is currently working on her Master's in Social Work at Bryn Mawr College, and she lives in West Philly with her husband and five cats.

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.

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.

Editor-in-Chief of Agape Editions; Member of Board of Directors

Fox Frazier-Foley is author of two prize-winning poetry collections, Exodus in X Minor (Sundress Publications, 2014) and The Hydromantic Histories (Bright Hill Press, 2015), and editor of two anthologies, Political Punch (Sundress Publications, 2016) and Among Margins (Ricochet Editions, 2016). She is co-creator, with Hoa Nguyen, of the forthcoming Tough Gal Tarot deck and book. Fox is founding EIC of the indie-lit press Agape Editions, which is an imprint of Sundress Publications (a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization) dedicated to publishing literary works that engage with concepts of the mystical, ecstatic, interfaith/intercultural, and the Numinous. Fox was graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Binghamton University, was honored with merit-based fellowships at Columbia University, where she earned an MFA, and was a Provost's Fellow at the University of Southern California, where she was a founding member of the small press Ricochet Editions and earned a PhD in Literature & Creative Writing.

Assistant Editor of Sundress Publications

Wren Hanks is a trans writer from Texas and the author of Prophet Fever (Hyacinth Girl Press) and Ghost Skin (Porkbelly Press). His recent work appears in Best New Poets 2016, Gigantic Sequins, Drunken Boat, and elsewhere. His third chapbook, gar child, is forthcoming in 2017 from Tree Light Books. He currently lives in Brooklyn.

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.

Leslie LaChance

Assistant Editor of Sundress Publications; Member of the Board of Directors

Leslie LaChance edits Mixitini Matrix: A Journal of Creative Collaboration, has curated The Wardrobe for Sundress Publications and written poetry reviews for Stirring: A Literary Collection. Her poems have appeared in literary journals, and her chapbook, How She Got That Way, was published in the quartet volume Mend & Hone by Toadlily Press in 2013. She teaches literature and writing at Volunteer State Community College in Tennessee, and if she is not teaching, writing, or editing, she has probably just gone to make some more espresso.

Nicole Oquendo

Assistant Editor of Sundress Publications; Editor of Flaming Giblet Press; Member of the Board of Directors

Nicole Oquendo is a nonbinary, latinx writer from Orlando. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals, as well as the chapbooks some prophets, self is wolf, and wringing gendered we, and the hybrid memoir Telomeres. She is currently serving as an Assistant Editor for Sundress Publications, and as the Nonfiction Editor of The Florida Review and the Best of the Net anthology.

Assistant Editor of Sundress Publications; Fiction Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology; Coordinator for Poets in Pajamas

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.

Writer-in-Residence, Sundress Academy for the Arts; Prose Editor at Doubleback Books

Katherine Bell is the current Writer-in-Residence at the Sundress Academy for the Arts in Knoxville, Tennessee. Originally from Frederick, Maryland, she earned her MFA from Eastern Washington University in 2017 and has been published in The Fem, Welter Literary Journal, Connotation Press, and others.

Literary Arts Director, Sundress Academy for the Arts

Chloe Hanson is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Tennessee. She earned her MA and BA from Utah State University, where she also helped to establish and direct the Science Writing Center. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in several journals, including Public Pool, Off the Coast, Driftwood Press, Contemporary Verse 2, The Heartland Review, and Pretty Owl Poetry. While she's procrastinating her homework, she can often be found with a beer in her hand and her dogs, Simon and Ruby, by her side.

Kristi Larkin Havens

Community Outreach Director, Sundress Academy for the Arts; Vice President, Board of Directors

Kristi Larkin Havens serves as the Community Outreach Director for Sundress Academy for the Arts. She has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she is currently a Lecturer and the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies. She is a photographer and has served as a producer on films for several local competitions including The Knoxville 24-Hour Film Festival and the Grindhouse Grind-out. A social media enthusiast, Kristi is looking forward to helping increase awareness of SAFTA's activities and fostering greater community involvement in the cooperative and inspiring artistic opportunities available at Firefly Farms

Staff Director, Sundress Academy for the Arts

Ellen Orner is a staff member of the University of Tennessee School of Art. She writes creative nonfiction, mostly about her hometown of Gary, Indiana. She earned her BA from Valparaiso University and lived for a while in Missoula, Montana. Since moving to Knoxville, she has enjoyed hiking in the Smokies and swimming in the quarries. She served as the nonfiction editor for Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts and reads for Sundress Publication's Best of the Net Anthology. More than anything, she loves a cutthroat game of ping pong.

Sundress Reading Series Coordinator, Sundress Academy for the Arts

Brynn Martin is a Kansas native living in Knoxville, where she recently received her MFA in poetry from the University of Tennessee and is the Reading Series Coordinator for Sundress Academy for the Arts. Her poetry has appeared in Public Pool and Contrary Magazine. She loves ee cummings and cats almost equally.

Grant Howard

Outdoor Recreation Coordinator, Sundress Academy for the Arts

As an East Tennessee native, Grant Howard, claims Southern Appalachia as his home. Growing up and studying poetry in Knoxville at the University of Tennessee, Howard's work calls upon place, memory, and the sharp contrast of Southern Nature's beauty mixed with its humidity. Howard is the recipient of the University of Tennessee's Margaret Artley Woodruff Award for Creative Writing as well as the recipient of UT's Knickerbocker Prize for Free Verse. His poetry can be found in the North Central Review, from forthcoming journals, and on Frank's Barn at SAFTA's own Firefly Farms.

Scott C. Fynboe

Host and Coordinator, SAFTAcast

Things Scott "C" has done:

- DJed at WHRW-Binghamton for seven years, hosting a variety of music, game, and talk shows
- Mobile DJed weddings, proms, reunions, karaoke nights, and at least one bar mitzvah
- Performed improv comedy as a member of The Pappy Parker Players
- Acted in both musical and not-musical theater
- Written and published some poems
- Shopped for a futon
- Taught English at a Florida college

Things Scott C has not done:

- Visited Europe
- Worn denim to a black-tie event
- Owned a hammock or a gazebo
- Studied dentistry
- Vomited on a retired postal worker
- Woken up before he go-go'd
- Some other stuff

Coordinator for Poets in Pajamas

Minadora Macheret just completed her second Master's of Arts at Kansas State University where she received the Graduate Poetry Award and Seaton Fellowship. She will be pursuing her Ph.D. in Creative Writing at the University of North Texas this fall with a Teaching Fellowship. Her poems received Isabel Sparks' Poetry Prize, and her work has appeared in Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Rogue Agent, Connotation Press, and others. She lives in Manhattan, KS, with her dog, Aki.

Poetry Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology

Sarah A. Chavez, a mestiza born and raised in the California Central Valley, is the author of the chapbook, All Day, Talking (Dancing Girl Press, 2014), a selection of which won the Susan Atefat Peckham Fellowship (2013). Her manuscript, This, Like So Much, was an Honorable Mention for the 2013 Quercus Review Press Poetry Book Contest. Her debut full-length poetry collection, Hands That Break & Scar, is forthcoming from Sundress Publications (2017). She holds a PhD in English with a focus in poetry and Ethnic Studies from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in the anthologies Imaniman: Writings From the Anzaldúan Borderland and Bared: An Anthology on Bras and Breasts, as well as the journals North American Review, Fourth River, Acentos Review, North Dakota Quarterly, and The Boiler Journal, among others. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor teaching Ethnic American literature and creative writing at Marshall University, as well as serving as the coordinator for the A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series. She is a proud member of the Macondo Writers Workshop.

Zoe Frost Hitzel

Nonfiction Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology

Zoe Frost Hitzel earned her MA in Creative Writing studying poetry at Northern Arizona University and her MFA in Creative Nonfiction at Oregon State University. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Blue Lyra Review, entropy, pacificREVIEW, The Chariton Review, and elsewhere. She keeps a blog of her transgender experience, Though a citizen of the wind, Hitzel currently teaches fiction and composition in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Managing Editor at The Wardrobe

Danielle Alexander is a writer and the owner of Grey Grey Books, an online and pop-up shop that sells used books, zines, and handmade journals. Her writing has appeared in The Bandit Zine's Love & Heartbreak Issue and Aquinas College's Sampler, where her poem "Mother" received an American Academy of Poet's Honorable Mention. She has self-published several poetry chapbooks, worked collaboratively on two artist's books, and recently self-published Ten Lists: A Workbook for Anxiety. Danielle holds a Bachelor's of Fine Arts Degree in English and Creative Writing from Aquinas College and will be pursuing an MFA in nonfiction in 2018. Her work can be found at

Jasmine An

Editor at Agape Editions

Jasmine An is a queer, Chinese-American who comes from the Midwest. A 2015 graduate of Kalamazoo College, she has also lived in New York City and Chiang Mai, Thailand, studying poetry, urban development, and blacksmithing. Her chapbook, Naming the No-Name Woman, was selected as the winner of the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize and is forthcoming in February 2016. Her poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in HEArt Online, Stirring, Heavy Feather Review, and Southern Humanities Review. Her soulmate and forever muse is Sun Wukong, the Monkey King. As of 2016, she can be found in Chiang Mai continuing her study of the Thai language.

Saumya Arya Haas

Social Media Coordinator of Agape Editions

Saumya Arya Haas is an ALB candidate in Religious Studies at Harvard University. She was an early adopter of Social Media for interfaith and social justice outreach and has been nominated as a Twin Cities Titan in Social Media and for a Shorty Award. As Director of Headwaters/Delta Interfaith, she facilitated interfaith/intergroup dialogue and advised organizations on diversity, inclusiveness, and intergroup cooperation; this work has taken her everywhere from West Africa to the White House. She is a contributing scholar at State of Formation and writes for Huffington Post and assorted publications online and in print media. A priestess of both Hinduism and Vodou, Saumya has volunteered to coordinate social media for Agape Editions, and we are delighted to have her represent our interfaith literary family on the internet.

Ruth Awad

Blog Editor of Agape Editions

Ruth Awad is an award-winning poet whose work has appeared in The New Republic, The Missouri Review Poem of the Week, Crab Orchard Review, CALYX, Diode, Southern Indiana Review, Rattle, The Adroit Journal, Vinyl Poetry, Epiphany, Drunken Boat, Atticus Review, and in the anthologies The Hundred Years' War: Modern War Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2014), New Poetry from the Midwest 2014 (New American Press, 2015), and Poets on Growth (Math Paper Press, 2015). She won the 2013 and 2012 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and the 2011 Copper Nickel Poetry Contest, and she was a finalist for the 2013 Ruth Lily Fellowship.

Blog Intern of Agape Editions

Julianna DeMicco is a rising senior at Binghamton University. She is currently pursuing a double major in Philosophy, Politics and Law, and English with a concentration in Creative Writing and Global Cultures. She is a student leader on her campus, and has focused her experiences on a service-based learning mentality. As a vocalist, trumpeter, ukulele player and poet she is fascinated by the musicality of poetry, and loves to experiment with different rhythms in her own work. In her spare time, she furthers her independent study of Italian, French, and Chinese. In addition, she is pursuing a study of poetry and literature from different eras, specifically those written during the Medieval Era, to those written in the Early Renaissance.

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 Ambushing Water, forthcoming from Brick Road Poetry Press. Her poetry has appeared in over 45 journals and anthologies, including Iodine, Rosebud, Poet Lore, Asheville Poetry Review, and Blackbird, and has been award the Vi Gale Award from Hubbub. She is on the staff of Loose Change Magazine, is former poetry editor of Hayden's Ferry Review, has been on staff at The Meacham Writers' Conference, and has received the Fulton County Arts Council Grant for a residency at the Hambidge Center. She received her MFA from Arizona State University. Danielle lives in downtown Atlanta, GA on a farmlet with her twin daughters and husband. She's an avid hiker and birder. Until recently, she worked as a marketing executive for AT&T.

Luci Brown

Managing & Poetry Editor of Stirring: A Literary Collection

Luci Brown is the author for the chapbook, Home Brew, forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. Her poems have previously appeared in Moon City Review and Wherewithal and earned her the Margaret Artley Woodruff prize from the University of Tennessee where she majored in Creative Writing. In her spare time, she is a buyer for a bookstore in Knoxville.

Andrew Koch

Managing & Poetry Editor of Stirring: A Literary Collection

Andrew Koch's poetry has appeared in Menacing Hedge, Bodega, Bluestem, Rust + Moth, and others. He is the author of the forthcoming chapbook Brick-Woman (Hermeneutic Chaos, 2016). Although a Tennessee-native, Andrew presently lives in Spokane, Washington with his wife and cat while teaching and pursuing an MFA at Eastern Washington University.

Kristy Bowen

Managing Editor of Wicked Alice & dancing girl press

A writer and visual artist, Kristy Bowen is the author of several book and chapbook projects, including brief history of girl as match and in the bird museum. She lives in Chicago, where she edits wicked alice and runs dancing girl press & studio, an indie press and design studio.

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 Pretty Owl Poetry

Gordon Buchan is the poetry coeditor for Pretty Owl Poetry. He resides in Philadelphia, where he navigates books of etymology and writes about his findings. Recently, he was published in BE Literary and Sugar House Review.

Editor of Pretty Owl Poetry

B. Rose Huber is the flash fiction editor of Pretty Owl Poetry. She spends her days writing about research at Princeton University. She received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cobalt, Pear Noir!, The New Yinzer, the Light Ekphrastic, BE Literary, and Weave, among others. She also binds books for those who ask.

Editor of cahoodaloodaling

Rhiannon Thorne's poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Midwest Quarterly, and The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, among others. She is the Managing Editor of cahoodaloodaling and an associate interviewer and a book reviewer at Up the Staircase Quarterly.

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 Design Intern at Sundress Publications and Sundress Academy for the Arts

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.

Social Media Intern at Sundress Publications

Tierney Bailey is a Libra, a lover of science fiction and poetry, and studies Korean in her spare time. She currently copyedits for Strange Horizons. Tierney is also a Writing, Literature, and Publishing graduate student at Emerson College. As an East Coast transplant from Indianapolis, Tierney still smiles upon the slightest bit of eye contact. If you can't find her on a train between Providence and Boston, she can easily be found on Twitter as @ergotierney.

Intern at CookBook

Christopher Bowen is a Midwestern chef and the author of the books We Were Giants and When I Return To You, I Will Be Unfed. He blogs from Burning River.

Editorial Intern at the Sundress Academy for the Arts

Katie Culligan is currently young and terrified at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she is a junior studying creative writing. Her favorite responsibilities are NCAA rowing, big sisterhood, and believing unwaveringly in ghosts. Her writing is informed by this age of indestructible men, though she likes to think her life isn't. She also thinks if you haven't tried fig newtons with peanut butter yet, you really should.

Editorial Intern at Sundress Publications

Danielle Hayden is a freelance writer and editor who grew up in Detroit and now lives in Seattle. Included among all the things she loves are: learning, books, watching films, making lists, and collecting great quotes—sometimes as tattoos. She reads about everything, and writes about almost as much. Danielle is an enthusiastic supporter of the arts and of the Oxford comma.

Editorial Intern at Sundress Publications

Julie Howd is a Massachusetts native and holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Texas at Austin. She won the 2015 Roy Crane Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Creative Arts and has received fellowships from the Juniper Summer Writing Institute and the James A. Michener Center for Writers. Currently, she lives and writes in Austin, teaching community classes through the public library. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in Texas's Best Emerging Poets, Sixth Finch, Inter|rupture, Forklift, Ohio, and elsewhere.

Editorial Intern at the Sundress Academy for the Arts

Anna Moseley is currently a senior at the University of Tennessee majoring in English Literature. She has a glorious waitressing job downtown and writes as a contributor for the Arts and Culture section of the Daily Beacon. When she bothers to extract her nose from a book, Anna's hobbies include engaging in wine-fueled political debates and looking at pictures of dogs she can't afford.

Editorial Intern at Pretty Owl Poetry

Alexis Olson recently earned her BS in English from the University of South Dakota. During her time at the University, she worked as a Social Media Coordinator for Astrophil Press. You can find her poetry in the Vermillion Literary Project.

Development Intern at Sundress Academy for the Arts

Laura Robbins, a Memphis native, is a senior at the University of Tennessee studying English Literature. For the last year, she has worked at UT's library in Special Collections. When she isn't writing papers or reading books for class, Laura enjoys buying more books than she has the room for and discussing anything from feminism to the latest superhero movie.