Kory Wells

Murfreesboro, TN

Author's Bio

Kory Wells grew up on the stories of her southern Appalachian family and the wonder of the Space Age, diverse influences that have shaped her life’s work and writing. After many years in software development, she now works as a writer and advocate for the arts, literacy, democracy, afternoon naps, and other good causes. In 2017 Kory was selected the inaugural poet laureate of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She is author of HEAVEN WAS THE MOON, a poetry chapbook from March Street Press. Twice a finalist for the Rash Award for Poetry, her work appears in numerous journals and anthologies. She also performs her poetry on the album DECENT PAN OF CORNBREAD, a collaboration with her daughter, old-time musician Kelsey Wells. Kory mentors poetry students in the low-residency program MTSU Write and has worked as a teaching artist for Nashville’s Handmade & Bound festivals through Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. She is principal founder and curator of a monthly reading and open mic series, Poetry in the Boro.

Publications and Prizes

Journey to Crone
(Chuffed Buff Books, 2013)
, Low Explosions: Writings on the Body
(Knoxville Writers Guild, 2006)
, Outscape: Writings on Fences and Frontiers
(Knoxville Writers Guild, 2008)
, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VI: Tennessee
(Texas Review Press, 2013)
Ascent, Birmingham Arts Journal, Broad River Review, Contemporary Haibun Online, Deep South Magazine, Forage, Kudzu, Literary Mama, Mothers Always Write, New Southerner, Now & Then, Number One, Poem, Rock & Sling, Ruminate, Shaking Like a Mountain, Southern Women’s Review, , The Wild Word, Unsplendid, Words Dance
Heaven Was the Moon
(March Street Press, 2009)
Prizes Won: 
2016 HeartWood Broadside Series Winner

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Murfreesboro, TN
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Last updated: Jun 12, 2017