Rick Barnett is from Thomasville, Georgia. He studied fiction writing under Smith Kirkpatrick at the University of Florida and is a graduate of the Florida writing program. As a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writer’s Conference in 1991, he studied under visiting writer Ernest Gaines. He is an adjunct professor of English at Mercer University, Atlanta campus, and the editor of The Christendom Review.
Beth Impson received her Ph.D. in English from The University of Kansas and teaches literature and writing at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee. Her occasional reviews and articles have appeared in World Magazine and Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity. She and her husband, Keiller, are the parents of five, the oldest and youngest of whom serve in the Navy, and grandparents of 14.
Millie Jones is a 2010 graduate from Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, where she received the Richard M. Cornelius Award of Excellence in Research Writing for her senior thesis. This is her first publication. She is currently residing in Abbeville, South Carolina.
William Luse is the associate editor of The Christendom Review.
Timothy McGrew is Professor of Philosophy at Western Michigan University. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University (1992) and has published two books (The Foundations of Knowledge (Littlefield-Adams, 1995) and Internalism and Epistemology (Routledge, 2007, with Lydia McGrew)) and co-edited The Philosophy of Science: An Historical Anthology (Blackwell, 2009). His articles have appeared in journals such as Mind, The Monist, Analysis, Erkenntnis, History of Philosophy Quarterly, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, and Philosophia Christi.
Though she has traveled to nearly 20 countries and around the United States for inspiration, Nancie King Mertz is a resident of Chicago, and it remains her favorite city to explore and paint. She has a BFA from the University of Illinois-Urbana, and an MA from Eastern Illinois University. She was awarded “Business Person of the Year 2008”, “Small Business of the Year 2000” by the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce, and named “Artist of the Year 2005-2006-2007” by the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau. She works in oil, pastel and watercolor. She and her husband Ron run the ArtDe Triumph and Artful Framer Studios at 2936-38 North Clark Street in Chicago. More details about her collections, gallery showings and awards can be found at her website, NanciKingMertz.com—not to mention images of hundreds of her paintings. The editors are grateful that she has agreed to appear in this issue of The Christendom Review.
Andy Nowicki is the author of Considering Suicide, a novel published by Nine-Banded Books. He is a regular contributor to The Last Ditch, and has also written for Alternative Right, Takimag.com, and New Oxford Review. He teaches college-level English and lives in Savannah, Georgia with his wife and two children.
Deborah A. Symonds teaches history at Drake University in Iowa. She has degrees in literature and history. She earned the last two as the student of Elizabeth Fox-Genovese at Binghamton University in New York in the 1980s.
A graduate of the University of Florida writing program under Smith Kirkpatrick, William Mickelberry was a Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University, writer-in-residence at Juniata College and taught at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro and the University of Florida. His work has appeared in The Literary Review, The Denver Quarterly, Black Warrior Review, Quarterly West and the Southern Poetry Review among others. Subsequent to teaching, he has worked as a screenwriter. His produced credits include the features Black Dog and Woman Undone. He currently lives in Los Angeles.