Kory Wells

Poet

Murfreesboro, TN
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Author's Bio

Kory Wells is the author of the poetry collection Sugar Fix (Terrapin Books, 2019), and the chapbook Heaven Was the Moon (March Street Press, 2009). Twice a finalist for the Rash Award for Poetry, her writing appears in numerous publications, including the James Dickey Review, Ruminate, Stirring, and The Southern Poetry Anthology. She also performs her poetry on the album Decent Pan of Cornbread, a collaboration with her daughter, folk musician Kelsey Wells.

A seventh generation Tennessean, Kory worked in software development before leaving that career to focus on her creative life. In 2017 she was selected as the inaugural Poet Laureate of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She is founder and manager of Poetry in the Boro, a reading and open mic series, and is active as an arts advocate, teaching artist, and storyteller. She is also a mentor with the low-residency program MTSU Write and a board member of the Rockvale Writers’ Colony.

Publications & Prizes

Anthologies:
Journey to Crone (Chuffed Buff Books, 2013)
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The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VI: Tennessee (Texas Review Press, 2013)
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Outscape: Writings on Fences and Frontiers (Knoxville Writers Guild, 2008)
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Low Explosions: Writings on the Body (Knoxville Writers Guild, 2006)
Chapbook:
Heaven Was the Moon (March Street Press, 2009)
Journals: ,
Ascent
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Birmingham Arts Journal
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Contemporary Haibun Online
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Crannóg
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Forage
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Helen
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Kudzu
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Literary Mama
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New Southerner
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Now & Then
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Number One
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Poem
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Ruminate
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Shaking Like a Mountain
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Southern Women's Review
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Stirring : A Literary Collection
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The Heartland Review
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the museum of americana
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The Wild Word
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Unsplendid
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Words Dance
Prizes won: 

2016 HeartWood Broadside Series Winner

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Chattanooga, TN
Tennessee
Raised in: 
Murfreesboro, TN
Tennessee
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Last update: Oct 10, 2019