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].
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.
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.
Hunt Brumby is an Appalachian storyteller raised in the small town of Murphy NC. Son to a Lawyer and Librarian, he found love for written word early in life. Following high school, he left those hollers and hills for a life in the United States Marines where he first started writing. Hunt considers himself a collector of experiences and draws upon all of them in his writing. With a love for dark comedy, his stories will find humor where most would find pain. Currently, he is working on a collection of short stories chronicling his time in the military from boot camp to his time in Iraq. He hopes to compile these into a collection that gives his honest account of a subject so often not talked about in an open manner. Hunt considers himself forever a student, a collector of ink, and most of all, willing to spin a tale for whomever will listen.
LaVonne Elaine Roberts is a short story writer, essayist, and memoirist. She is the interview editor of a literary journal Cagibi, the 2020 Diversity Fellow for Drizzle Review, and a member of the Blue Mountain Review Southern Collective. Her work at Drizzle will include curation of a special issue on ageism, due out summer 2020. Her essays, short stories, and poetry have been published widely, including in Our Stories, Too: Personal Narratives by Women, WordFest Anthology 2019, The Blue Mountain Review, LIT Magazine, Thought Notebook, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Litro, among other publications. She is the founder of WRITE ON!, which facilitates free writing workshops for marginalized populations. She resides in New York City, where she is completing an MFA at The New School and a memoir called Life On My Own Terms.