Jerrett DeWayne Haynes was born in Fort Payne, AL the last day of April in 1993. Parented by truly southern staples of the mom and dad roles. His mother was a teacher at a local elementary school, and his father was a farmer.
Upon high school graduation, he attended the local community college and began a short-lived career in farming. Once the realization of not fulfilling his dreams began to be a reality, Jerrett DeWayne traded his stake in the farm for the food service in hopes to have more opportunities to write and live a healthier life.
You can find him throughout the Chattanooga hang-outs or via email: [email protected].
Laura McCullough is an artist and a writer, and has often described herself as “a lover of Faith and a believer in what is beautiful.”
Throughout her life, an approach to the world of examining, collecting, deconstructing and reinventing has informed nearly every facet of McCullough’s creative process, extending into not only her writing and artwork, but her education, career choices, and most profoundly her faith. After attending college in the fields of Visual Communications, Interior Design, and Biology while pursuing a career in Nonprofit Animal Welfare, she has finally settled on the occupations of Mixed Media Artist, Poet, Graphic Designer and Homeschooling mother of 3 young boys. As days and destiny allow, she will one day expand her resume to include Children’s Book Author, and perhaps Quantum Physicist.
A love of Science, Mathematics and the beauty of Creation drive McCullough’s work. Her faith in the Elohim of Israel and the whole counsel of His Word is the central element of her life, the core of everything she produces and pursues.
Over the course of her artistic career, McCullough has worked in nearly every medium, although she has come to find a deep and tangible resonance in the combination of mixed-media collage and fluid acrylic painting. She also currently does a large volume of digital work as part of the design company she shares with her husband, Ayil Designs. McCullough has had pieces featured in the galleries of the Art Institute of Atlanta, eclectic galleries such as Wild Cat on a Wing, on programs such as Good Day Atlanta, and is the cover artist for the Winter issue of Rattle Magazine and works by several prominent authors. Her poetry has been featured in numerous publications and anthologies, most recently in the newest anthology from Right Angle Publishing, “If I Could Tell You Anything.” Her work can be seen or she can be contacted at http://mysoulspeakslmc.com
John Midkiff is a Marine Corps veteran. Serving multiple combat deployments to the Helmand province of Afghanistan and Kuwait, he spent 4 and half years with 1st Battalion 9th Marines as an Infantry Assaultman/0351. He graduated from Marshall University Bachelor’s degrees in Creative Writing and Literary Studies. His writing focuses on the common human experience, ranging from coaching his 7-year-old daughter in gymnastics to the epidemic of veteran suicide, John’s work is shaped by his military background. He won Marshall University’s Maier Award in 2015 for his essay Vivere est Vincere and again in 2017 for his essay Handbook he recently placed second in the 2018 Maier award his essay Chopping Wood. John’s work has appeared in Adelaide Literary Magazine and Deadly Writers Patrol. John is currently working on his first novel as well as attending the Etowah Valley MFA program. Find out more about John Midkiff @ https://johnmidkiff.com/
Dr. Kerry B. Neville is Assistant Professor of English in Fiction and Nonfiction Writing at Georgia College and State University. She is the author of Remember To Forget Me and Necessary Lies. Her fiction and essays appear in journals, including The Gettysburg Review, Epoch, and Glimmer Train. She writes for online publications, including The Huffington Post, Dame, The Fix, and The Establishment. She is the recipient of The Dallas Museum of Art’s Fiction Prize and the Texas Institute of Letters Prize for the Short Story. She is Fiction Editor of Arts & Letters and also is faculty for The University of Limerick/Frank McCourt International Writing program. In 2018, she was a Fulbright Scholar at University of Limerick/Creative Writing MA Program in Ireland.