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.
Peter Ristuccia is an entrepreneur and author. He is the Founder and CEO of Firefly Telecommunications, LLC – an international technology start-up company.
Brian Newman (who goes by Asriel as his pen name and Hebrew name) is a 38 years old resident of Cleveland, TN. He is the father of two daughters, and served in the United States Air Force Veteran during 9/11. He has a B.A. in History, B.A. in German, M.A. in Marriage and Family, and also attended Seminary for Theological Studies and the Community College of the Air Force for Personnel Management. He attended Goethe Language Institute in Munich Germany on scholarship. He is an International Student at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany. He was raised in a Log Cabin in West TN before enlisting in the military. After the military, he lived in Nashville, TN, Athens, GA, and Greensboro, NC. His current occupation is as a Certified Peer Support Recovery Specialist (Mental Health) and Founder of Hebrew Hearts Outreach. He is currently studying for his Dream Interpretation Certification. Among his books in progress, he has “Letters to the Radio: A Lyrical Healing Journey” and “Twilight Parables: Speaking the Dream Language.” He has been published by the Belmont Literary Journal, with his first published book being “Audio Poetry: Poems and Prayers for Weary Hearts.” He has contributed to the “Healing Arts Project” and has been the “Faces of Faith” interviewer for the Blue Mountain Review. Furthermore, he has been a guest author on Dante’s Old South on NPR Chattanooga.
Mark Wallace Maguire
Mark Wallace Maguire is an award-winning author, columnist, and publisher whose work has appeared in dozens of publications. He is the author of the fictional series, The Alexandria Rising Chronicles for which he was named an Independent Author of the Year Finalist and a Georgia Author of The Year nominee.He is also the author of the non-fiction works, Confessions of a Special Needs Dad: Honesty and Hope for the Journey and Letters from Red Clay Country, a selection of his award-winning columns and essays on Southern Culture. His books have sold thousands of copies in more than ten countries and he has been featured on NPR, The Essential C.S. Lewis, KLRN, Atlanta Business RadioX, P.S. I Love That Book! and Speculative Fiction Cantina.Maguire currently serves as publisher of fayettelifeandbiz.com, a dynamic web magazine serving Fayette County, Georgia. Prior to founding fayettelifeandbiz.com, he worked for 20 years as a journalist in metro Atlanta and for 12 of those years as director of Cobb Life magazine and Cobb Business Journal where he earned more than 20 awards from organizations such as The Associated Press and The Society of Professional Journalists.In 2005, he was named Berry College Outstanding Young Alumni of The Year.Maguire lives in Fayetteville, Georgia with his wife and two sons. When he’s not busy writing or trying to corral his two boys, he enjoys hiking and creating musical projects based on his favorite books and authors.You can learn more about him at www.markwallacemaguire.com and www.alexandriarising.com.
Zach Riggs was born in Texas, grew up in Vegas and now is a die-hard UGA alum. He’s working on a real-world thriller with a sci-fi twist, along with a children’s book called If Mom Was a Superhero. He’s avidly searching for suitable literary agents and/or publishers. Not yet a member of the Cool Hipster Club, Zach is forever stuck contemplating what his first tattoo should be.
Andrew Wilt has been working professionally in writing for over a decade. He is a co-founder & Publisher at 11:11 Press, an American independent literary publisher based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In addition to writing and publishing poetry and prose, Andrew draws from his diverse background in workforce development to write and mentor people of all ages as they transition from being full time students to full time employees. He is the author of Age of Agility: The New Tools for Career Success, which is currently being used as a textbook in universities, nonprofits, and Fortune 500 companies.
Robert Gwaltney, a graduate of Florida State University, resides in Atlanta Georgia where he serves as Vice President of Easter Seals North Georgia, Inc., Children Services, a non-profit supporting children with disabilities and other special needs. In all the hours between, Robert is a fiction writer and active member of the Atlanta literary community. His short story, “The Deep Down”, was published in The Signal Mountain Review. A recipient of an Atlanta Writers Club award for flash fiction, he was also selected as a top ten finalist for publication by First Page, an international literary magazine. Robert just completed writing his first novel, The Cicada Tree.
Kathy L. Murphy is the founder of the Pulpwood Queens and Timber Guys Book Club Reading Nation, the largest “meeting and discussing” book club in the world. Murphy is the author of “The Pulpwood Queens’ Tiara Wearing, Book Sharing Guide Life” and is currently working on it’s sequel, “The Pulpwood Queen Goes Back to School”. She has been featured along with her book club on Oprah’s Oxygen Network, The Oprah Winfrey Show, kicked off the “READ THIS” Book Club on Good Morning American with Diane Sawyer and Charlie Gipson, been featured in Newsweek, Time, The Wall Street Journal, and The Los Angeles Times. Murphy has hosted her own Beauty and the Book Show sponsored by Random House Publishing and had her first book to film optioned by DreamWorks.