About the Authors and Artists

Clint Alexander works as a high school English teacher at Lake County High School in rural west Tennessee.  He enjoys writing about the unstated social rules in small towns in the American South, and what happens when those rules are broken.  He claims his muse is an elderly homeless man named Bro. Deuce who lives in his head and makes fun of his writing.

Julia Davies is a practised reader and a practising writer, and lives in Germany. She blogs at http://jkdaviespractice100days2011.blogspot.com

Brian Griffin, a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, holds a B.S. in English from Middle Tennessee State University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia. His fiction, poetry and essays have been widely published in literary journals and anthologies, and his collection Sparkman in the Sky and Other Stories received the Mary McCarthy Prize for Short Fiction. He is a former Director of Religious Education at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church.

William Henderson has written for local and national newspapers and magazines, including the Advocate; the Boston Globe; the Seattle Post-Intelligencer; Stork, an Emerson College publication; and the New England Blade, where he served as editor. He writes a weekly column, Dog-Eared, for Specter Literary Magazine; a monthly column, The Writing Life, for Hippocampus Magazine; a bimonthly column for Black Fox Lit; and he will be included in two forthcoming anthologies: Stripped and The Other Man. He also contributed to the Dear Tuesday and Dear Teen Me projects, and regularly contributes to Queers on the Verge. Henderson lives in Boston where he is often tooling around with his children, Avery and Aurora; musing about love and writing and parenting on his blog (hendersonhouseofcards.wordpress.com); tweeting (@avesdad); practicing yoga; and waiting for his ever-after ending.

Darren Jackson is the Editor of Grist: The Journal for Writers. A doctoral candidate at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, he has participated in VCCA residences in France and Virginia and also the Prague Summer Program. Poems have appeared in Smartish Pace, Iron Horse, Cimarron Review, and other journals. Translations of Henri Michaux have appeared in The Dirty Goat, and an essay on Michaux is available online at Public-Republic.

Rachel P. Joiner is a freelance writer who lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband Taylor and daughter Lillian Fae. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and plays drums and sings with Taylor in their local band, the Joiners.

Marilyn Kallet is the author of 15 books, including translations of Benjamin Péret’s The Big Game, just out from Black Widow Press, and Paul Eluard’s Last Love Poems. Her collected works, Packing Light: New and Selected Poems, came out from Black Widow Press in 2009. Kallet is the director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Tennessee. She also teaches poetry workshops for the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Auvillar, France.

Joseph Kendrick is an artist who presently lives in western Tennessee.  His lifelong interest in love, sex, and relationships is a driving force behind his art.  His drawings utilize symbolism, both private and universal, and frequently inform his assemblage sculptures that stand as a form of aggressive investigation into often romantic interpersonal relationships.  He is able to draw almost anywhere but currently builds his sculpture works in his parents’ out building in the rural town of Beech Bluff.  He creates work as a means to tell his story and the stories of others.  This allows him to pursue the overarching goal of creating an informative dialog about how to manage and/or mismanage loving relationships. He uses simple construction methods to assemble his forms and often works the surface using collage elements and many layers of paint.  You can read more about Joseph at his website and personal blog, (josephkendrick.com), and see more work at a visual blog he cofounded, (theelectricbeef.com).

Dorothee Lang is a writer, web freelancer and traveller, and the editor of BluePrintReview. She lives in Germany, and always has been fascinated by languages, roads and the world, themes that are reflected in her own work. For more about her, visit her at life as a journey: http://virtual-notes.blogspot.com

Henri Michaux (1899-1984) produced one of the most idiosyncratic oeuvres in literature and the visual arts. While he and Breton admired one another’s work, he never joined the Surrealist movement, preferring to work from his own perspective, that of subsuming the external world to his own inner reality. Born in Belgium, he became a French citizen in 1955. In 1965, he won the Grand prix national des lettres and refused to accept the prize. Also renowned for his visual work, the Museum of Modern Art in Paris and the Guggenheim in New York held major shows of his drawings and paintings in 1978. In the United States, his work influenced the writers of the San Francisco Renaissance. Besides poetry and visual work, Michaux also produced several influential travelogues, most notably Ecuador.

Leonardo Ramirez is a writer whose joy first comes from being a husband and a dad and enjoying life with his family. Every Saturday morning is Dad’s turn to make breakfast with bacon, blueberry pancakes and cheese eggs on the menu. Then it’s off to karate where he trains as a black belt along with his family at the American Karate Academy. Lenny has been writing for 20 years with his first published work released as a graphic novel titled Haven. For more information visit his website, http://www.leonardoverse.com

Jack Rentfro is a native of Cleveland, Tennessee. The 1981 graduate of the University of Tennessee journalism school wrote for several newspapers but has been a freelance writer and editor since 1992. His prose and poetry have been published in six consecutive Knoxville Writers’ Guild anthologies and 2004’s Knoxville Bound anthology and have won various writing awards. The accomplishment he is most proud of is producing Cumberland Avenue Revisited: Four Decades of Music from Knoxville, Tennessee, an anthology combining his interests in history, journalism and music. He currently writes for Knoxville Magazine and performs with his musical Spoken Word group, the Apocalypso Quartet.  You can hear Jack performing with the Apocalypso Quartet on Reverbnation at http://www.reverbnation.com/jackrentfroandtheapocalypsoquartet.

Laura Still is a poet and playwright living in Knoxville, TN. She is a contributing editor and contest screener for New Millennium Writings and the story editor and lead tour guide for Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours. A member of the Knoxville Writers’ Guild, she has served as a Peter Taylor Prize screener, workshop instructor, and judged the guild’s Young Writer’s Poetry Prize. Her poetry appears in many anthologies, including Growing Up Girl, Knoxville Bound, and Outscapes. Her first poetry collection, Guardians, was published by Celtic Cat in October 2009. Still draws inspiration from her travel, including sailing and kayaking trips, and her church service, where she is a Sunday School teacher, labyrinth guide, and Archangel in the church’s annual Walk Through Bethlehem. She has written and produced over 50 plays for the church’s children’s drama workshop. A selection of these plays appears in her teaching manual Acts of the Apostles, Vol. I, published by Stony River Media in March 2010. A second volume is in the planning stages.

JeFF Stumpo is a poet, performer, and adjunct professor of English at the University of Tennessee at Martin. For more information and samples of his work, please visit his website at www.jeffstumpo.com.

Wayne White is an American artist, art director, illustrator, puppeteer, and much, much more. Born and raised in Chattanooga, Wayne has used his memories of the South to create inspired works for film, television, and the fine art world. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University, Wayne traveled to New York City where he worked as an illustrator for the East Village Eye, New York Times, Raw Magazine, and the Village Voice. In 1986, Wayne became a designer for the hit television show Pee-wee’s Playhouse, and his work was awarded with three Emmys. After traveling to Los Angeles with his wife, Mimi Pond, Wayne continued to work in television and designed sets and characters for shows such as Shining Time Station, Beakman’s World, Riders In The Sky, and Bill & Willis. He also worked in the music video industry, winning Billboard and MTV Music Video Awards as an art director for seminal music videos including The Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Tonight, Tonight’ and Peter Gabriel’s ‘Big Time.’ More recently, Wayne has had great success as a fine artist and has created paintings and public works that have been shown all over the world.

Steve Wing is a visual artist and writer who lives in Florida. He rides a bicycle to work each day, seeking the light before dawn. He is a regular contributor to the BluePrint Review, qarrtsiluni, and Foliate Oak.  More about Steve can be found here: http://www.blueprintreview.de/about_Steve_Wing.htm