Savannah Sipple is the author of WWJD & Other Poems (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019), which explores what it is to be a queer woman in Appalachia and is rooted in its culture and in her body. With a beer-drinking Jesus as her wing man, she navigates this difficult terrain of stereotype, conservative Evangelicalism, and, perhaps most, shame. A writer from east Kentucky, her writing has recently been published in Southern Cultures, Split This Rock, Salon, Appalachian Heritage, Waxwing, and other places. She is also the recipient of grants from the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Savannah is an Assistant Professor of English at Bluegrass Community and Technical College and a mentor in the low residency MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan College. A professor, editor, and writing mentor, she resides in Lexington with her wife, Ashley.
Kentucky poet and folklorist Sarah McCartt-Jackson is the author of Stonelight, which won the 2018 Weatherford Award in Poetry and the 2017 Airlie Prize, and three chapbooks: Calf Canyon, Vein of Stone, and Children Born on the Wrong Side of the River. She is the recipient of an Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council and has received support from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for Women and Kentucky Foundation for Women. She was selected as part of the Kentucky Great Writers Series, and has served as artist-in-residence for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Catoctin Mountain National Park.