Managing Editors

Poetry Editor



Luci Brown's chapbook, Home Brew, was released in 2015. Her poems previously appeared or are forthcoming in Moon City Review, Menacing Hedge, Rogue Agent, Tinderbox, and others. In addition to serving as Managing Editor for Stirring, she is also a reader for the Best of the Net Anthology. She received her MFA at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she met her partner, had a baby, and wrote some poems. She recently moved to Louisville, Kentucky where she serves as an AmeriCorps VISTA for Louisville Girls Leadership.


Poetry Editor



Andrew Koch lives with his spouse and child in Texas where he is currently pursuing a PhD in creative writing at the University of North Texas. Winner of an Academy of American Poets Prize, he is the author of the chapbook Brick-Woman (Hermeneutic Chaos Press), and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review, Ninth Letter, Pleiades, Poetry Northwest, Salamander, The Collagist,  and others.


Nonfiction Editor



Gabe Montesanti is a student in the MFA writing program at Washington University in St. Louis. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and The Best of the Net Anthology. She served as the Assistant Nonfiction Editor of Indianola Review and was the art editor of Kalamazoo College's literary journal, The Cauldron. Her nonfiction and poetry can be found in Devil's Lake, Crab Creek Review, Word Riot, Lunch Ticket, and is forthcoming in Sinister Wisdom.

Fiction Editor



Shaun Turner serves as Fiction Editor for Stirring: A Literary Collection and co-editor at Fire Poetry Journal. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have been published in Bayou Magazine, storySouth, Fourth River, and Appalachian Heritage, among others. Shaun has been named finalist in Best Small Fictions 2018 and received the Emerging Artist Award from the Kentucky Arts Council.

Art Editor



Stephanie Lee Phillips is a writer and photographer in Tennessee where she works at her alma mater (go vols) and hangs out with mostly poets. She has her masters in fiction from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi, and works closely with the local literary non-profit Sundress Academy for the Arts. All she wants is to make you laugh.

Reviews Editor



Katherine Culligan
is currently young and terrified in Knoxville, TN, where she is studying English. She is the recipient of the 2018 Michael Dennis award for poetry and the Margaret Woodruff award for creative writing. She reads undergraduate papers for the University of Tennessee writing center, feeds chickens for Sundress Academy for the Arts, and writes essays for her mother's fridge.

Reviews Writer



Donna Vorreyer
is the author of Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story (Sundress Publications, 2016) and A House of Many Windows (Sundress Publications, 2013), as well as seven chapbooks, most recently Encantado, a collaboration with artist Matt Kish from Redbird Chapbooks. She works as a middle school teacher in the Chicago suburbs.

Social Media Coordinator



Brianna Gibson is from a small town in North Carolina surrounded by miles and miles of tobacco and cotton fields. She is currently attending Maryville College in her third year with a major in English Literature and a minor in Theater Studies. Some of her favorite things are her pets, books, and social media.

Associate Poetry Editors


Associate Poetry Editor



Sarah A. Chavez, a Mestiza born and raised in the California Central Valley, is the author of All Day, Talking (Dancing Girl Press, 2014) and Hands That Break & Scar (Sundress Publications, forthcoming 2017). She holds a PhD in English with a focus in poetry and Ethnic Studies from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her work can be found in various anthologies and journals such as Political Punch: The Politics of Identity and Bared: An Anthology on Bras and Breasts, as well as North American Review, Fourth River, Acentos Review, North Dakota Quarterly, and The Boiler Journal, among others. She is a visiting Assistant Professor teaching Ethnic American Literature and Creative Writing at Marshall University and is a proud member of the Macondo Writers Workshop. You can visit her online at

Associate Poetry Editor



For money, Krista Cox is a paralegal. For joy, she’s an associate poetry editor at Stirring: A Literary Collection and Executive Director of Lit Literary Collective, a nonprofit serving her local literary community. Her poetry has appeared in Columbia Journal, Rappahannock Review, The Humanist, and elsewhere.


Associate Poetry Editor


Associate Poetry Editor



J.P. Craig is an associate professor of English at Alabama State University and a contributing editor to New American Notes Online and the literary critical journal Reconfigurations. His work has appeared in 5_trope, Outerbridge, The Graduate Bulletin of the University of Iowa, The Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, Artful Dodge, Verse, River City magazine, New American Notes Online, Paideuma, and in the critical collection Reading Duncan Reading. He received his M.F.A. from the University of Memphis and his doctorate from the University of Iowa.


M has served as an Associate Poetry Editor for Stirring for over a decade. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals including Rattle, Harpur Palate, and Pedestal, and was a finalist for the Rattle Poetry Prize in 2011 and in 2012. She also serves as an Administrator of an online poetry workshop and as a co-chair for the Portland Unit of the Oregon Poetry Association. Her poetry chapbook, To That Mythic Country Called Closure, a collection on the subject of widowhood, was released by Concrete Wolf Press in 2013.


Associate Poetry Editor



Amy Smith writes and teaches in Jackson County, North Carolina, where she lives with her partner and a bunch of animals. Her poetry and non-fiction appears in Cream City Review, Hippocampus, LIT Magazine, Stirring, Yemassee, and elsewhere.


Associate Poetry Editor



John Turner is an Instructor of English at Scott Community College in Davenport, Iowa. His work has appeared in Short Stuff, Samsara Quarterly, Astronomy, Lyrical Iowa, Haiku Hut, Squashblossom, Black&White, The Poet, and Stirring, among others. He is a James Hearst Poetry Award winner, and the first online Slammaster for Simon&Shuster and Warner Bros. He has judged the Third Fusion Poetry Competiton, as well as the 2004 Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest. John has also written and starred in 30 plays in the last 20 years, won poetry slams in the Quad cities, had poems and plays commissioned in Illinois and Iowa, and has never beaten Erin Elizabeth at Insomniac's Society Poetry Slams.

Associate Poetry Editor



Megan Standbrook Writer. Whiskey. Wolverine. M.K. Standbrook was born and raised in Nashville, TN. She has been involved in Sundress affairs since a spring workshop in 2011. She began as an intern at Stirring in 2012 and is now an associate poetry editor. Standbrook received her Undergraduate in Creative Writing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.



Founding Editor



Erin Elizabeth Smith is the Creative Director at the Sundress Academy for the Arts and the Managing Editor of Sundress Publications and The Wardrobe. She is the author of two full-length collections and the editor of two anthologies. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Ecotone, Mid-American, Crab Orchard Review, Cimarron Review, and Willow Springs, among others. She teaches in the English Department at the University of Tennessee, and in 2017 she was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame.