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. 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.
Publications and Prizes
Heaven Was the Moon (March Street Press, 2009)
Journey to Crone (Chuffed Buff Books, 2013), The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VI: Tennessee (Texas Review Press, 2013), Outscape: Writings on Fences and Frontiers (Knoxville Writers Guild, 2008), Low Explosions: Writings on the Body (Knoxville Writers Guild, 2006)
Ascent, Birmingham Arts Journal, Broad River Review, Deep South Magazine, Kudzu, Literary Mama, New Southerner, Now & Then, Number One, Poem, Rock & Sling, Ruminate, Shaking Like a Mountain, Southern Women’s Review, , Unsplendid
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Listing last updated: May 4, 2016