February 24, 2018

Kory’s Poems Online

Poems included in Kory’s next collection, now in progress:

As the Story GoesForage Poetry Journal

On This Uncertain EarthParks & Points’ National Poetry Month Series, 2017

We’re Young and This Is the Beginning – Words Dance (includes audio)

First MuseMothers Always Write

On a Ferry South of Oslo – Unsplendid (includes audio)

There’s a God of False Starts and Tragic Mistakes and In the Deep of Winter’s Forest (scroll down) – The Wild Word


We Climb onto the Motorcycle of Sleep – Southern Women’s Review (pdf, page 21). On a line by Kentucky poet Jane Gentry. Also available in print from the site.

So Long to the Good Old Moon – Ascent

With a Thousand-Tongued Hunger – 2016 HeartWood Broadside Series Winner

The Captain Logs a Storm the Second Day of the Second Month Crossing the Atlantic, 1682 – Red Paint Hill Poetry Journal

Remnant – Deep South Magazine

Chapter in Which the Great Nation Unsings – Contemporary Haibun Online

Postcards from the Cookie JarStirring

Poems which also appear in Kory’s collection Heaven Was the Moon:

Highway 64, Between Beech Grove and Wartrace and New Frontier, 1970 – Chapter 16 by Humanities Tennessee

Our Spirits Shall Sorrow No More – Deep South Magazine

Hope Universal –Literary Mama

Intersection – New Southerner

Phenomena – Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal; originally published in Kudzu

Still, My Daughter Wants to Fly – Birmingham Arts Journal (pdf, page 32)

Other writing, reviews and interviews related to Heaven Was the Moon (all of these include a sample of poems from the book)

Interview with Kory Wells, Heaven Was the Moon on William Woolfitt’s Speaking of Marvels

Kory Wells: Mixing Past and Present on the My Name Is Tennessee blog

Poet Writes of Life in Murfreesboro, Book Available Now by Bracken Mayo in The Murfreesboro Pulse

Writing about poetry

Beginning in October 2017, Kory has started writing a monthly column in the Murfreesboro Pulse. Read it here.

Kory’s been writing reviews of some of her favorite poetry books, with an eye toward regionally-connected poets, for National Poetry Month for several years.

2016: Stories roll in Darnell Arnoult’s ‘Galaxie Wagon’; Murfreesboro Daily News Journal

2015: Poetry books transport readers to other lands (Vandana Khanna’s Afternoon Masala; Irene Latham’s poetry book for children, Dear Wandering Wandering Wildebeest); Murfreesboro Daily News Journal

2014: A Trio of New Books for National Poetry Month (Lisa Coffman’s Less Obvious Gods; Irene Latham’s The Sky Between Us; The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VI: Tennessee from Texas Review Press); The Murfreesboro Pulse

2013: Read These Tennessee Poets During National Poetry Month (Sandy Coomer’s Continuum; Jeff Hardin’s Notes for a Praise Book; Bobby Rogers’ Paper Anniversary); The Murfreesboro Pulse

Et cetera

Kory has been a finalist in the 2015 Rash Award in Poetry judged by David Kirby; the 2014 Rash Award in Poetry judged by David Bottoms; and the 2009 Press 53 Open Awards poetry competition judged by Kay Stripling Byer.