headshot-9J. Bailey Hutchinson is an MFA Candidate and Teaching Assistant at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She is originally from Memphis, Tennessee, where she obtained her B.A. from Rhodes College. She is the Poetry Editor for the Arkansas International and serves on the board of directors for the Open Mouth non-profit reading series.

Hutchinson can usually be found sitting here. She is also known to frequent the grocery store’s refrigerated pickle aisle. Once, by a creek, a crawfish tried to pick a fight with her. It was very small and unafraid, and she respected that.

Hutchinson’s work has been featured by Beecher’s, Beloit, New South, and more. She was the 2016 recipient of the James T. Whitehead Creative Writing Endowment, and the 2018 recipient of both the Felix Christopher McKean Memorial Award for Poetry and the Lily Peter Fellowship in Poetry, awarded by the University of Arkansas’ department of English in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences.

Hutchinson was a finalist for the Black Warrior Review’s 2017 Poetry Contest and Nimrod’s 2018 Writing Contest. She won First Prize in the 2018 New South Writing Contest. She is also the recipient of an arts grant from Artists 360.

Photo by Alicia Pitts.