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Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
Christopher Martin is author of three poetry chapbooks: Marcescence: Poems from Gahneesah (Finishing Line Press, forthcoming), co-authored with David King; Everything Turns Away: Poems from Acworth and the Allatoonas (La Vita Poetica Press, forthcoming); and A Conference of Birds (New Native Press, 2012). His work has appeared in The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume V: Georgia (Texas Review Press, 2012), Shambhala Sun, Waccamaw, Ruminate Magazine, Thrush Poetry Journal, Still: The Journal, Buddhist Poetry Review, Town Creek Poetry, and elsewhere, including Loose Change Magazine’s recent Best of Loose Change special issue. The editor of Flycatcher, a contributing editor at New Southerner, and a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Chris lives with his wife and their two young children in northwest Georgia, between the Allatoona Range and Kennesaw Mountain. You can find him online at www.christopher-martin.net.
Marsha (Caddell) Mathews, Ph.D., 1987, English, M.Div., 1996, Theology, is an author and an educator. An excerpt from her novel, “More than a Mess of Greens,” appears in The Broad River Review. Her first book of poems, Northbound Single-Lane follows a single mother who leaves behind all she knows, except for her children, and heads north (Finishing Line Press, 2010). Her second book, love poems, Sunglow & A Tuft of Nottingham Lace, was published by Red Berry Editions, 2011. Her third book of poems, Hallelujah Voices, set in Appalachia, draws from Marsha’s experience as an Ordained Pastor in the 1990s (Aldrich Press, 2012). Each book is available at amazon.com Marsha’s work appears in literary magazines and quarterlies, such as Appalachian Heritage, Fourth River, Greensboro Review, Kansas Quarterly, Inkwell, Pembroke, Raleigh Review, Relief: A Christian Literary Expression, and Third Wednesday. Marsha has poems in Indie-notable anthologies, Touching: Poems of Love, Longing, and Desire, www.fearlessbooks.com and Child of my Child: Poems and Stories for Grandparents, www.LiteraryEnterprises.com. Marsha is a member on the Board of Directors of the Chattanooga Writers Guild and a member of Georgia Writers Association. Marsha is an Associate Professor at Dalton State College and the advisor for the campus literary magazine, Tributaries.
Like Sharon Stone and the zipper, Mike McClelland hails from Meadville, PA. Before becoming a writer, he worked as a grave digger, wedding singer, antique salesman, and, most significantly, a marketing strategy director for clients like Toyota, MillerCoors, and Buffalo Wild Wings. During that time he was the recipient of the prestigious WPP Fellowship. He has lived on five different continents but now resides in Georgia with his husband and a menagerie of rescue dogs. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in several anthologies and a number of journals, including Queen Mob's Teahouse, Permafrost, Heavy Feather Review, Brain Mill Press, Cactus Heart, and others, and he is a film and book critic for Spectrum Culture. He is the Assistant Fiction Editor for the literary journal Arts & Letters and is a co-founder and co-editor of the literary journal On the Veranda. Mike is a graduate of Allegheny College and The London School of Economics.
Mount Berry, GA
Sandra Meek is the author of four books of poems, Road Scatter (Persea Books, 2012), Biogeography, winner of the Dorset Prize (Tupelo Press, 2008), Burn (2005), and Nomadic Foundations (2002), as well as a chapbook, The Circumference of Arrival (2001). Her fifth book of poems, An Ecology of Elsewhere, is forthcoming from Persea Books in 2015. She is also the editor of an anthology, Deep Travel: Contemporary American Poets Abroad (Ninebark 2007), which was awarded a 2008 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal. Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry, Conjunctions, and The Iowa Review, among others. A recipient of a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, she has twice been awarded Georgia Author of the Year, in 2006 for Burn, and in 2003 for Nomadic Foundations, which also was awarded the Peace Corps Writers Award in Poetry. Meek served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Manyana, Botswana, 1989-1991. She is a co-founding editor of Ninebark Press, director of the Georgia Poetry Circuit, poetry editor of the Phi Kappa Phi Forum, and Dana Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing at Berry College in Georgia, USA.