Editor

Alicia K. Clavell
has been writing about life and style in the South for over a decade—whether in the pages of Southern Living magazine or in her most recent book by Rockport/Quarry press, Southern Kitchens and Dining Spaces. Her writing has been featured in magazines such as Coastal Living, Decorating Step-by-Step, Lowe's Creative Ideas, Southern Living Weddings and more. She has served as editor and co-editor of numerous publications including Southern Living House Plans and Southern Living Kitchens & Baths. Alicia was recipient of the 2007 and 2009 University of Alabama at Birmingham Barkesdale-Maynard Prize in Poetry and the 1996 Berry College Eleanor B. North Creativie Writing Award. She was also recently awarded first prize in the state poetry competition for the 2009 Hackney Literary Awards. She currently serves as Editor of Outdoor Advertising Magazine and Assistant Poetry Editor of the UAB Literary Journal PMS: Poems, Memoirs Stories. Alicia is co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Southern Women's Review. Please contact her direct This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Editorial Board

Dr. Linda Frost (Ph.D., SUNY at Stony Brook, 1990)
specializes in nineteenth-century American writing and culture, feminist theory, and creative writing. Her published essays cover a wide range of interests—from the representation of the Penobscot Indian in Thoreau's Maine Woods to postfeminism and Thelma and Louise—and have appeared in ESQ, Early American Literature, Rhetoric in an Antifoundational World: Language, Culture, and Pedagogy (1998), Generations: Feminisms in Dialogue (University of Minnesota Press, 1997), and Blue Pencils and Hidden Hands: Women Editing Periodicals, 1830–1910 (Northeastern University Press, 2004). Her book, Never One Nation: Freaks, Savages, and Whiteness in U.S. Popular Culture, 1850–1877, was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2005. Past-president of the Research Society of American Periodicals, she served as editor-in-chief of PMS poemmemoirstory, the only women's literary journal in Alabama. Selections from PMS have been reprinted in Best American Poetry, Best American Essays, and New Stories from the South. She has published poems and reviews of contemporary poetry in a variety of journals including minnesota review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Rhino, Columbia, and Witness. She taught in the Honors, Women's Studies, and American Studies programs at UAB and is the new Director of the Honors Program at Eastern Kentucky University.

Tina Harris
is editor-in-chief for PMS poemmemoirstory. She earned her MA in English with an Emphasis in Creative Writing from UAB in 2002. Her teaching experience includes teaching at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Jefferson State Community College as an adjunct instructor, as well as teaching creative writing in community programs. She is a founding member, teacher and the director of the Magic City Community Writers. Her creative work has been published in a variety of journals including Santa Clara Review, PMS:poemmemoirstory, StorySouth, and As Ordinary and Sacred as Blood: Alabama Women Speak. She was awarded the 2003 Barksdale-Maynard Poetry Award and the 2002 Sigma Tau Delta National Conference Awards for poetry and memoir. While a graduate student at UAB, Harris edited the award-winning Aura Literary Arts Review and received the Gloria Howton Award for Creative Writing, the 2003 Outstanding UAB Woman Student Award and the 2002 Vice President's Award. Her personal interests include creative writing and pottery. Before beginning her studies at UAB, Harris served as a wilderness counselor for delinquent boys.



Dr. Sandra Meek
is the author of two books of poems, Nomadic Foundations (2002) and Burn (2005), and a chapbook, The Circumference of Arrival (2001). Her third book of poems, Biogeography, was the 2006 winner of the Dorset Award, and is forthcoming from Tupelo Press in November 2008. She is also the editor of an anthology, Deep Travel: Contemporary American Poets Abroad (Ninebark Press 2007), which was awarded a 2008 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal. Her poems have appeared in Agni, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The Iowa Review, Conjunctions, and Prairie Schooner, among others, and she has twice been awarded Georgia Author of the Year, in 2006 for Burn, and in 2003 for Nomadic Foundations, which also was awarded the Peace Corps Writers Award in Poetry. She is a co-founding editor of Ninebark Press and Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing at Berry College.

Daniel Robbins
is a Hackney Award winner whose work has appeared in such journals as Birmingham Poetry Review, The Allegheny Review, Poetry, and StorySouth, among others. He was poetry editor and assistant editor-in-chief for Aura Literary Arts Review, copy editor for Kaleidoscope, and a technical writer for the UAB IT department. He received his MA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and lives in Athens, GA. He is currently working on a book about literature in the comic book medium entitled In Defense of Men in Tights.

Helen Silverstein
has a Bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College in African American Studies and Religion and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  She is currently a student at the Stonecoast MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine. Helen weaves her experience as a therapist together with her work with very low-income families (frequently African-American in Alabama—where she currently lives—and Maine, her former home) to create stories that take an authentic look at family relationships and societal hardships. Recent publications include flash and short fiction in 34th parallel (print and online editions), The Liars’ League of London, Haruah, Breath of Heaven, and an upcoming creative nonfiction piece in Obit magazine. Helen also writes book reviews for The Gnu’s Room, a local bookstore/coffee shop in Auburn, Alabama. Please visit Helen at her website: helensilverstein.net.

Dr. James H. Watkins
has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, and reference book entries on the subject of autobiography in the U.S. South. He edited the anthology Southern Selves: A Collection of Autobiographical Writing (Vintage, 1998) and is a member of the Executive Council of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature.  An Associate Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing at Berry College, he teaches courses in U.S. southern literature (including a course on southern women writers), autobiography studies, 20th-century American literature, and the American West in film and literature.  He is co-director of the 2009 Southern Women Writers Conference at Berry College. Dr. Watkins received his MA and PhD in literature from the University of Florida.

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