An avid fisherman, Adam Vines (MFA, University of Florida) specializes in modern and contemporary poetry and creative writing with secondary interests in early American and early modern English religious and political rhetoric, early modern English drama, ecological literature, and Southernism. He has published work or has work forthcoming in Barrow Street, Third Coast, North American Review, The Cincinnati Review, New Orleans Review, Tampa Review, 32 Poems, Post Road, The Literary Review, and others. His collection of poetry, The Coal Life, was a finalist for the Miller Williams Prize and will be published by the University of Arkansas Press in the spring of 2012. For his short fiction and poetry, he has received five Hackney Awards from the Writing Today Conference. He was a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the 2008 Sewanee Writers' Conference, and during the summers, he is on staff at SWC. He has won awards for his teaching from the University of Florida and UAB. He is editor of Birmingham Poetry Review and faculty advisor for the UAB Fishing Team.