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.

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).


Meagan Cass

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, znoted.wordpress.com. 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 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 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.

Blog Contributor, Lyric Essentials


Cheyenne L. Black serves as the editor-in-chief for Hayden's Ferry Review at Arizona State University where she is an MFA candidate and Virginia G. Piper global 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, and New Mobility among others.

Blog Contributor, Weekly Writing Round-Up


Stephanie Kaylor in based in upstate New York and is currently a MA student in Philosophy, Art, and Critical Thought at European Graduate School. She holds a MA in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University at Albany and is Managing Editor for Five:2:One Magazine and Reviews Editor for Glass: A Journal of Poetry.

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.

Editorial Intern at Sundress Publications


Tierney Bailey is a Libra, a lover of science fiction and poetry, and studies Korean in her spare time. Amongst her pursuits, Tierney is currently the production editor at Redivider Magazine and a copyeditor at Strange Horizons. As a graduate student at Emerson College, Tierney is studying publishing in the Writing and Publishing program. True to her Midwesterner roots, Tierney still smiles upon the slightest bit of eye contact, makes small talk in lines and elevators, and exclaims "ope!" with barely any provocation at all. If you can't find her on a train somewhere between Providence and Boston, she can easily be found screaming into the void 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


Cassie Grillon grew up in the small town of Henderson, KY. She received her BFA in creative writing from Murray State University in Murray, KY and is now focusing on earning her MFA in creative writing with an emphasis on fiction from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. Her short story "Dry Grass" was recently awarded the David Madden Award for Short Fiction (2017), which was judged by ZZ Packer.

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


Cass Hayes is a writer from Waxahachie, Texas. She attends the Arkansas Writers MFA Program at the University of Central Arkansas and works as the managing editor of the online literary journal Arkana. Her fiction and poetry appears or is forthcoming in various online and print literary journals, including Five:2:One, Work Literary Magazine, and Déraciné Magazine.

Editorial Intern at Sundress Publications


Samantha Isler loves thunderstorms, campfires, and most cheeses. She lives for science fiction, horror, and fantasy in any medium, including comics and theater. Sam is a student in the Writing, Literature, and Publishing graduate program at Emerson College. Before coming to Emerson, she worked in a bookstore for four years. Her bookshelves have not recovered since.

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.

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.

Editorial Intern, Pretty Owl Poetry


Rosa Williamson-Rea is an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in English Literature, Russian, and Nonfiction Writing. A short story of hers has been published in Collision, Pitts undergraduate lit magazine.