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, 10×3 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 of Sundress Publications


Jeremy Michael Reed is a PhD student in Creative Writing at the University of Tennessee. His poems are published or forthcoming in Still: The Journal, Stirring: A Literary Collection, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and elsewhere, including the anthology Bright Bones: Contemporary Montana Writing. He lives in Knoxville, where he is the editor-in-chief of Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts, co-director of The Only Tenn-I-See Reading Series, and assistant to Joy Harjo.

Staff Director at Sundress Publications


Laura Villareal is from a tiny town in Texas with more cows than people. She earned her MFA from Rutgers University-Newark. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Palette Poetry, Black Warrior Review, Waxwing, Vinyl, and elsewhere. She has received scholarships Key West Literary Seminar and The Highlights Foundation.

Assistant 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.

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; 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.

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.

Assistant Editor of Sundress Publications


Jennie Frost is a poet from Maryville, TN. They are an MFA candidate at the University of Mississippi and former Literary Arts Director at Sundress Academy for the Arts where they ran the Sundress Reading Series. Their poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Crab Fat, Border Crossing, The Fourth River, Rogue Agent, Stirring, and more. They are a dedicated member of the LGBTQ+ community and a human rights activist focusing on sexual assault prevention.

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 at Sundress Publications & Literary Arts Director, 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.

Nicole Oquendo

Assistant Editor of Sundress Publications; Treasurer, Board of Directors


Nicole Oquendo is especially interested in nontraditional, multimodal compositions and translations of nonfiction and poetry. Her essays and poetry can be found in numerous literary journals, as well as in the chapbooks some prophets, self is wolf, wringing gendered we, and Space Baby. Her hybrid memoir, Telomeres, and her newest chapbook, Space Baby: Episodes I-III, are available now. She has also curated the Sundress Publications anthology Manticore: Hybrid Writing from Hybrid Identities.

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.

Kristi Larkin Havens

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

Writer-in-Residence, Sundress Academy for the Arts


Tasha Fouts received her MFA in poetry from Bowling Green State University. Her work has appeared in Salt Hill, Bateau, Glass, Birds Piled Loosely, and Small Portions. She is a co-founder and an editor at Packingtown Review and co-hosts the podcast, Adventures in Television. Though she currently resides in Knoxville, she will always call Alaska home.

Staff Director, Sundress Academy for the Arts


Katie Culligan is a nonfiction writer and poet from Buffalo, NY. Her work has appeared in Columbia Journal and American Chordata and was awarded the 2018 Margaret Woodruff Award for Creative Writing. She serves as copyeditor for The Daily Beacon, as well as the reviews editor for Stirring: A Literary Collection. She teaches ESL many places, including the University of Tennessee Writing Centers.

SAFTA Films Director, Sundress Academy for the Arts; Prose Editor at Doubleback Books


Katherine Bell is a fiction writer from Maryland who earned her MFA from Eastern Washington University, where she worked as a fiction editor for Willow Springs Literary Magazine. She currently serves as the Director of SAFTA Films with the Sundress Academy for the Arts in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her short fiction has appeared in Grub Street Literary Magazine, The Fem, and Connotation Press, among others.

Development Director, Sundress Academy for the Arts


Lauren Elaine Specht is a PhD student of Rhetoric who likes to think, write, and procrastinate about macro- and microcosms and all kinds of relationships. Originally from a droughted dry-land farming community in the west, she lives in Knoxville where she loves to sit on the porch with cats and watch fireflies and rainfall.

Community Outreach Director, Sundress Academy for the Arts


Samantha Edmonds is an MFA candidate at the University of Tennessee, where she serves as the Fiction Editor for Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts. Her fiction and nonfiction appear in Black Warrior Review, Pleiades, Indiana Review, VICE, Plougshares, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency, among others. She currently lives in Knoxville.

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.

Nonfiction Coordinator for the Best of the Net Anthology; Sundress Reading Series Coordinator, Sundress Academy for the Arts


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.

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), selections of which were awarded the Susan Atefat Peckham Fellowship. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in the anthologies Xicanx: Mexican American Writers of the 21st Century and Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzalduan Borderlands as well as the journals Brevity, North American Review, VIDA, Acentos Review, and Atticus Review, among others. She recently joined the faculty at the University of Washington, Tacoma where she teaches creative writing and Latinx/Chicanx-focused courses. She serves as the poetry coordinator for Best of the Net Anthology and is a proud member of the Macondo Writers Workshop.

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.

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 reygreybooks.com.

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.

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 lives in Texas where he is pursuing a PhD in creative writing at the University of North Texas. Winner of an Academy of American Poets Prize, his work has recently appeared in Gettysburg Review, Ninth Letter, Pleiades, Poetry Northwest, Salamander, The Collagist, and others.

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.

Coordinator for Poets in Pajamas; Blog Contributor, Lyric Essentials


Anna Black has served as the editor-in-chief of the magazines Hayden's Ferry Review and Inkspeak and is a twice-awarded Virginia G. Piper global teaching and research fellow. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the anthologies We Will be Shelter and In Sight: An Ekphrastic Collaboration, as well as the journals 45th Parallel, Bacopa Review, Wordgathering, the American Journal of Poetry, SWWIM, and New Mobility among others. She was awarded her MFA at Arizona State University and has taught composition, creative writing, and/or publishing at Arizona State University, Western Washington University, Perryville Women's Prison, and the National University of Singapore. Black serves Sundress Publications as the editor of Lyric Essentials.

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 and Sundress Academy for the Arts


Kyle Gray is a graduate of the University of Tennessee where he studied Creative Writing. He lives in Nashville with his wife and two pets. Like countless others who call Nashville home, he works in the music industry. Some of Kyle's goals for 2018 include finishing a screenplay and getting his blog up and running. You can find his poetry online in The Pedestal Magazine and Bone Parade.

Editorial Intern at the Sundress Publications


Jenna Geisinger is a fiction and creative non-fiction writer from New Jersey. She attends the MFA Professional and Creative Writing Program at William Paterson University, while working as an associate managing editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal and a reader for Philadelphia Stories, where she has been published.

Social Media Intern at the Sundress Publications


Brianna Gibson is from a small town in North Carolina. She is currently attending Maryville College in her third year with a major in English Literature and a minor in Theater Studies. Some of her favorite things are her pets, books, and social media.

Editorial Intern at the Sundress Publications


Jessica Hudgins is a writer currently living in Mansfield, Georgia.

Editorial Intern at the Sundress Publications


Valerie Lick, the artist currently known as Val, loves those tall, weedy plants that are kind of like daisies except the blooms are really small. She can be found looking mean and studying literature at the University of Tennessee, where she is a rising junior. She thinks that there should be more intersections between science fiction, Appalachian folklore, and fashion journalism.

Editorial Intern at the Pretty Owl Poetry


Chad W. Lutz was born in Akron, Ohio, in 1986 and raised in the neighboring suburb of Stow. Alumna of Kent State University's English program, Chad earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Mills College. Their writing has been featured in KYSO Flash, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Haunted Waters Press, and was awarded the 2017 prize in literary fiction by Bacopa Review. Chad took second overall at the 2016 Two Cities Marathon in Fresno, CA, and has competed in five Boston Marathons.

Editorial Intern at Sundress Publications


Lauren Sutherland is a recent 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. She is originally from a small town just north of Nashville called White House, but since moving to East Tennessee for college, she has fallen in love with the mountains and plans to stick around for a while. She enjoys reading, writing poetry, and not only watching reruns of Friends but hanging out with her own as well. Her ultimate passion is for editing, and she plans to pursue that calling as long as the Lord leads her to it.