Melanie Jordan

Melanie Jordan’s debut poetry collection, Hallelujah for the Ghosties, is available from Sundress Publications. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in Iowa ReviewBlack Warrior ReviewDiagramBirmingham Poetry ReviewCrab Orchard Review, Southeast Review, and others. A Middle Tennessee native, she studied at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and The University of Houston. She teaches creative writing, composition, and literature at the University of West Georgia and is the managing/poetry editor at Doubleback Books.

Esther Lee

Esther Lee is the author of the chapbook, Blank Missives (Trafficker Press) and Spit, selected for the Elixir Press Poetry Prize and nominated for the PEN Open Book Award and Asian American Literary Awards. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, Crazyhorse, Verse Daily, DIAGRAM, Hyphen, The Normal School, Born Magazine, Salt Hill, Lantern Review, and elsewhere. A Kundiman Fellow, she served as Editor-in-Chief for Indiana Review and her work has received honors, including three Pushcart Prize nominations. Her second poetry manuscript titled, “Chromogenic,” was a recent finalist for the Kundiman Poetry Prize and National Poetry Series.

Rachael Maddux

Rachael Maddux’s essays and features have appeared in The Oxford American, The Believer, Guernica, and elsewhere. Her work has been a finalist for a National Magazine Award in Reviews and Criticism, collected in Best American Travel Writing 2015, and noted in Best American Sports Writing 2016. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and her dog. 

Stacy Mattingly, co-founder

Stacy Mattingly is the founder of the Sarajevo Writers’ Workshop in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is coauthor with Ashley Smith of the New York Times bestseller UNLIKELY ANGEL, an Atlanta hostage story recently made into a feature film, CAPTIVE, starring Kate Mara (“House of Cards”) and David Oyelowo (SELMA). Stacy holds an MFA from Boston University, where she was a Marcia Trimble Fellow, a Leslie Epstein Global Fellow, and recipient of the Florence Engel Randall Graduate Fiction Award. She has taught creative writing at Boston University and helped lead the first Narrative Witness exchange for the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. Currently, Stacy is writer-at-large at the Goat Farm Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She has just completed a first novel, set in the Balkans.

L.S. McKee, co-founder

L.S. McKee’s work has appeared in Best New Poets 2016, The Georgia Review, Crazyhorse, Blackbird, Birmingham Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University, she is completing a book-length poem sequence, "Alva and the Beast," as well as a novel set in East Tennessee. 



Suzanne Mozes

Suzanne Mozes is a writer, editor, and author. She is at work on a book of nonfiction about Dante Gabriel Rossetti, due out next year with W.W. Norton. In 2013, she founded Storybuilding, a creative writing class series and workshop in Atlanta. Most recently, she launched a Saturday morning writing series for creatives in the South, free of charge and open to anyone, called Under/Over/On. In addition to her work as a writer and creative writing instructor, she works with private clients as a ghostwriter for small start-ups and creative agencies.

 Kate Tuttle

Kate Tuttle writes a column on books and authors for the Boston Globe. Her reviews and essays on books and writing, parenting and childhood, race and politics have also appeared in the Washington Post, Salon, The Rumpus, and the Los Angeles Times. She is president of the National Book Critics Circle.