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 Stephen F. Austin State University Press. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Guernica, Ecotone, Mid-American, Crab Orchard Review, Waxwing, 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.

Member of the Board of Directors; Staff Director; Associate Editor; Chapbook Series Co-Editor at Sundress Publications; Managing Editor of Best of the Net


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.

Assistant Staff Director at Sundress Publications


Kanika Lawton is a Toronto-based writer and editor. She holds a BA in Psychology with a Minor in Film Studies from the University of British Columbia and an MA from the University of Toronto's Cinema Studies Insitute. A multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, she is the Editor-In-Chief of L'Éphémère Review, a 2018 Pink Door Fellow, and a 2020 BOAAT Writer's Retreat Poetry Fellow. Her work has appeared in Ricepaper Magazine, Vagabond City Literary Journal, Longleaf Review, and Cosmonauts Avenue, among others. She is the author of four micro-chapbooks, most recently Theories on Wreckage (Ghost City Press, 2020).

Associate Editor & Chapbook Series Co-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.

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.

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; Managing Editor of Craft Chaps


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; Coordinator for Poets in Pajamas


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.

Darren C. Demaree

Assistant Editor of Sundress Publications; Editor-in-Chief of Best of the Net; Member of the Board of Directors


Darren C. Demaree is the author of thirteen poetry collections, most recently So Clearly Beautiful (November 2019, Adelaide Books). He is the recipient of a 2018 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, the Louis Bogan Award from Trio House Press, and the Nancy Dew Taylor Award from Emrys Journal. He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry. He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.

Assistant Editor of Sundress Publications


Alex DiFrancesco is a multi-genre writer whose work has appeared in Washington Post, Tin House, Brevity, New Ohio Review, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and more. Their novel All City (Seven Stories Press) and their essay collection Psychopomps (Civil Coping Mechanisms Press) were published in 2019, and their short story collection Transmutation (Seven Stories Press) is due in 2021. They are the prose editor at Flypaper Lit, where they also conduct the interview series And We Call Upon the Author to Explain.

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


Nicole Shawan Junior (Smith College BA | Pace University MST | Temple University JD) was bred in the bass-heavy beat and scratch of Brooklyn, where the cool of inner-city life barely survived crack cocaine's burn. She is a black, queer and poverty-born counter-storyteller. Her writing appears in Lambda Literary's anthology Emerge, Roxane Gay's Medium platform Gay Mag, ZORA, The Feminist Wire, SLICE, Color Bloq, CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action, Inkwell Black, Sinister Wisdom, and more. A 2021 Hedgebrook Writer in Residence, Nicole has received fellowships from New York Foundation of the Arts, Esalen, Show Us Your Spines RADAR Productions, and more. She's an alumna of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Tin House Summer Workshop, the Hurston/Wright Foundation's Writers Week, the Lambda Literary Writer's Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices, and VONA. Nicole is also the creator of Roots. Wounds. Words. Inc.: a Literary Arts Organization.

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


Sherrel McLafferty is a first-year doctoral student with Rhetoric and Writing Studies at Bowling Green State University, where she also received her BFA and MFA in Poetry. Her poems have been featured in Requited Journal, Merrimack Review, ArLiJo, and Notre Dame Review. She is currently a poetry editor for Pidgeonholes, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, and Split Lip Magazine.

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


Rebeca C. Rivera-Robayo is a writer and poet living in upstate New York. She graduated in 2008 with a B.A. in Creative Writing from Hunter College and in 2014 with an M.A. in Literature from Brooklyn College. Her first chapbook, City Doodles, was published in 2011. She was lead editor and contributing writer at New York Minute Magazine, and a freelance journalist for The Bronx Times and the Sullivan County Democrat. She is currently a full-time faculty member at SUNY Orange and is completing her doctoral degree at Drew University.

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.

Writer-in-Residence, Sundress Academy for the Arts


Emma Ruth Wilson (she/her) makes a zine called The Paris Review Zine and hosts a podcast called Poetry Hello (@PoetryHello on Twitter). Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming in Berkeley Poetry Review, Critics' Union, echoverse, and others.

Staff Director, 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.

Literary Arts Director, Sundress Academy for the Arts


Stacy Estep is a fiction and nonfiction writer whose work has appeared in Atticus Review, bluemilk, and California Quarterly, among others. She has a background in indie publishing, web content creation, and public relations. For her fiction, she has been awarded a writing residency at the Vermont Studio Center. After many years in Atlanta, she is now based in Knoxville, where she lives with her artist husband and two cats.

Reading Series Coordinator, Sundress Academy for the Arts


Alyssa Molina is a Knoxville-based poet and a senior at the University of Tennessee studying Creative Writing. She was born and raised in Miami, "Little Havana," FL, and being first-generation American, she is profoundly inspired by the tenacity of her family's immigration story, their will to survive, and her Hispanic culture. She was a traveling poet with The Fifth Woman in 2017-2018 and performed at Bonnaroo. Molina has hosted four poetry workshops with Marilyn Kallet, Seed Lynn, Knoxville poet Daje, and most currently with Sundress Academy for the Arts. Molina defines happiness as bare feet on white sand, a cigar, laughter, and sea breeze.

Films Director, 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.

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.

Development Director, Sundress Academy for the Arts


Korrin Bishop is a writer and editor with passions for mission-driven work and the great outdoors. Her writing is heavily influenced by a sense of place, as over time she has found home amongst California's redwoods, Washington, D.C.'s cherry blossoms, Oregon's caves, South Dakota's badlands, Florida's Everglades, and Appalachia's Smoky Mountains. Korrin has written for the National Park Service, Misadventures Magazine, Sierra Magazine, and Fodor's Travel, among others. She also works with nonprofit organizations to support their critical work in the social services, arts, and environmental spheres.

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.

Assistant Editor for the Best of the Net Anthology


Millie Tullis is an MFA poetry candidate at George Mason University. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Sugar House Review, Rock & Sling, Ninth Letter, Juked, Gingerbread House Literary Magazine, Mud Season Review, and elsewhere. She serves as the Assistant Editor for Best of the Net and Poetry Editor and Social Media Manager for Phoebe. She lives and writes in Northern Virginia.

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.

Managing of Doubleback Books


After a 20-year career teaching composition, creative writing and literature and a decade-long career serving in the roles of Curator, Guest Editor and Series Editor for literary journals, Metta Sáma is transitioning into a career in publishing. Metta is author of the chapbooks the year we turned dragon (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs), le animal and other creatures (Miel), After After/After Sleeping to Dream (Nous-zot Press), and Nocturne Trio (Yes Yes Books) and the full-length collections, South of Here (published under her legal name) and Swing at your own risk (Kelsey Street Press). Co-winner of the 2016 Robert H. Winner Memorial Award from Poetry Society of America, Metta's poems, fiction, creative nonfiction, literary scholarship & book reviews have been published in various literary journals and anthologies. Founder of Artists Against Police Brutality/Cultures of Violence, a Senior Fellow of Black Earth Institute and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Black Radish Books, Metta has long advocated for equitable access to the art and for equity and parity in the arts.

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 has appeared in over 80 journals, won the Vi Gale Award from Hubbub, was Finalist for 2018 Georgia Author of the Year Award and was nominated for several Pushcarts and Best of the Nets. She is Poetry Editor for Doubleback Books and is on the staff of the Atlanta Review. Her poetry has been the basis for visual art included in the exhibit EVERLASTING BLOOM at the Hambidge Center Art Gallery, and Haunting the Wrong House, a puppet show at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

Fiction Editor of Doubleback Books


Tonya Streeter earned her BA in Creative Writing from Columbus State University. She is entering the MA Creative Writing Program at Royal Holloway University of London in the Fall of 2020. She served as both fiction and non-fiction editor for The Arden, Columbus State University's literary journal throughout her undergraduate years. Her poetry and prose have appeared in The Albion Review, The Arden, and most recently, Wizards in Space.

Fiction Reader at Doubleback Books


Rebecca Youé is a professional editor and aspiring author from Worcestershire, England. She has a degree in English and American Literature from Keele University and has worked in the publishing industry since graduating in 2012. She is currently on the reading panel for the Highland Book Prize and is working on her first novel in her spare time.

Assistant Editor-at-Large at Doubleback Books


Robin Gow is a trans queer poet and Young Adult author from rural Pennsylvania. Gow earned their MFA from Adelphi University where they also teach. Gow runs the trans & queer reading series Gender Reveal Party and serves as a Managing Editor at MAYDAY magazine and The Nasiona. They served for four years as the production editor of the Lantern literary magazine. Also working to produce several zines, Gow loves DIY publishing. Gow is also the author of the chapbook Honeysuckle by Finishing Line Press and the collection Our Lady of Perpetual Degeneracy by Tolsun Books. Their first collection of essays, Blue Blood, is forthcoming spring 2021 with Nasiona Publishing House, and their first Young Adult novel, A Million Quiet Revolutions, is forthcoming Winter 2022 with FSG Books for Young Readers. Their chapbooks have been finalists for competitions hosted by New Delta Review, Glass Poetry, Black Lawerence Press, Digging Press, and Thirty-West Publishing House. Their poetry has recently been recognized by Best New Poets, Brooklyn Poets, Brain Mill Press, and Fearsome Creatures.

Coordinator for Poets in Pajamas


Annie McIntosh is a queer poet, editor, and scholar whose academic research focuses on science fiction studies. While Louisville holds her heart, she teaches academic writing and SAT preparation in Indianapolis. A recent graduate from Franklin College, she's also an editorial assistant for Juxtaprose Magazine and the Poetry Editor of Brave Voices Magazine. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in carte blanche, Likely Red Press, Digital Americana Magazine, Okay Donkey, Small Po[r]tions, and elsewhere. In 2018, she was named as one of Indiana's Best Emerging Poets and received her first Pushcart Prize nomination. Annie tweets about cyborgs and fever dreams @crm_writes.

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 Thorne is 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


Erica Hoffmeister is originally from Southern California and earned an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in English from Chapman University. Currently living in Denver, she teaches college writing across the Denver metro area and is an editor for the literary journal South Broadway Ghost Society. 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 writes across genres, from young adult to creative nonfiction, poetry to short fiction, hybrid and everything in between; her work has been featured in Crab Fat Magazine, Drunk Monkeys, The Esthetic Apostle, FreezeRay, Mom Egg Review, Suspect Press and several others. She and is obsessed with pop culture, cross country road trips, and her two daughters, Scout and Lux.

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


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.

Graphic Design Intern at Sundress Publications


Coral Black received her BA in fine arts and fine arts management from Western Washington University. She has worked as a graphic designer for InkSpeak and others and most recently completed a custom label for Patron tequila. She works as a freelance designer and artist and is also the kitchen manager for her local YMCA where she cooks three meals per day for 75 kids and teachers.

Editorial Intern at Sundress Publications


Kathleen Gullion is a writer whose fiction and essays explore lesbian identity and southern culture. Her work can be found in The Coachella Review, Esthetic Apostle, F Newsmagazine, and more. She earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently based in Houston.

Editorial Intern at Sundress Publications


Emmalee Hagarman earned her MFA in poetry at The Ohio State University, where she served as poetry editor of The Journal. Recently her work was selected by Kenyatta Rogers to receive the Academy of American Poets Award/The Arthur Rense Prize, and was also selected by Ruth Awad to receive the Helen Earnhart Harley Fellowship in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in Waxwing, Tupelo Quarterly, and The Laurel Review, among others.

Editorial Intern at the Sundress Academy for the Arts


Ashley Hajimirsadeghi is an undergraduate at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her work has appeared in Into the Void, Corvid Queen, and cahoodaloodaling, among others. She attended the International Writing Program's Summer Institute and was a Brooklyn Poets Fellow. Currently, she is trying to figure out a happy intersection between her writing, film, and photography endeavors.

Development Intern at Sundress Publications


Julia Hines earned her BA in English & Creative Writing from Ashland University, where she worked for River Teeth, Black Fork Review, and the Ashland Poetry Press as a student editor, website coordinator, and publications intern. Her writing has been featured in the Black Fork Review and Musings, an anthology composed of Northwest Ohio writers. She (unsurprisingly) loves cats, poetry, and the idea of living in a cottage.

Intern-at-Large at Sundress Publications


Bayleigh Kasper is a senior creative writing major at the University of Evansville. She dreams of owning a tiny home in Colorado where she can adopt cats, make music, write, and eat very judge-worth amounts of chocolate without actually being judged.

Editorial Intern at Sundress Publications


Natalie Metropulos, a proud native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, holds a JD from Duquesne University and is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University. Natalie practiced law until she decided that writing in exchange for a salary was overrated and chose to go back to writing for catharsis and joy. She has three creative-minded children who she hopes will grow to be happy, generous adults that prioritize genuine human connections over the quantity or approval of their followers. Natalie writes fiction and narrative nonfiction.

Intern-at-Large at Sundress Publications


Bethany Milholland is a senior at The University of Evansville majoring in Creative Writing. She is the former Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Evansville Review. She is also a former intern for her University's magazine The Crescent. In her spare time, she enjoys earning a cat's love and shopping at every thrift store within a thirty-mile radius.

Development Intern at Sundress Publications


Victoria Mullins is currently in the third year of her undergraduate degree studying Creative Writing and ethical Philosophy. Her creative work tends to range in focus but currently sits in a world with mental health and sexuality. In her spare time, she enjoys weeping to sad Indie guitar solos and creating some of her own while drinking decaf coffee to avoid anxiety but maintain optimal trendiness.

Social Media Intern at Sundress Publications


Sydney Peay is a senior at the University of Tennessee studying sociology and English literature. They previously served as the social media manager and co-chair of Sexual Empowerment and Awareness at Tennessee and currently serve as the social media coordinator for the Voices Out Loud Project. They enjoy drawing, crafting, and reading tarot.

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Gokul Prabhu is a graduate of Ashoka University, India, with a Postgraduate Diploma in English and Creative Writing. He works as an administrator and teaching assistant for the writing and communication facility at 9dot9 Education, and assists in academic planning for communication, writing and critical thinking courses across several higher-ed institutes in India. His creative and academic work fluctuates between themes of sexuality and silence, and he hopes to be a healthy mix of writer, educator and journalist in the future. Gokul occasionally scribbles book reviews and interviews authors for Scroll.in, an award-winning Indian digital news publication.

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Mary Sims is an undergraduate writer working towards her BA in English at Kennesaw State University. She is currently a poetry editor for Waymark Literary Magazine and a former student editor for the Atlanta-based magazine Muse/A. Her work has appeared in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, The Poetry Annals, Peach Mag, and more. She can often be found filling her shelves with poetry collections, roaming antique stores, or laughing over raspberry cappuccinos with friends.

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Ashley Somwaru is an Indo-Caribbean woman who was born and raised in Queens, New York. She is currently pursuing her MFA at Queens College to immerse herself in pride for her mixed tongue, religious upbringings, superstitions, and cultural traditions that have made her into the red hibiscus she is. As a storyteller and poet, her work seeks to magnify the voices of women in her community, who have been silenced and abused, and to rewrite the history of her ancestors, those who were forgotten. She hopes to find them. Her work has been published in Asian American Writers' Workshop, the Spring 2020 issue of A Gathering Together, and will be in the forthcoming 25th issue of No, Dear.

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Nora Walsh-Battle is a recovering stand-up comedian currently living and working on an organic farm outside of Asheville while she plans her next move. She is endlessly enraptured by the poetry of Richard Siken, considers Wikipedia to be a primary source, and is a certified Excel pro.