Russell Helms

Russell Helms has had stories in Sand, Drunken Boat, Litro, Versal, Bewildering Stories, The Moth and other journals. He writes, designs books, and holds a lectureship in English at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is from Alabama and was born in Georgia. He has traveled a bit, including trips to Thailand, Ethiopia, and Haiti. He began his academic career as a nursing student in Birmingham, Alabama. Helms holds an MFA in creative writing from Bluegrass Writers Studio and is a graduate of Auburn (history) and Yale (public health). Currently, he is a Lecturer of English at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, owns a small book design company (47 Journals), and operates the publishing label GreencupBooks. He is also the editor of the literary journal 4ink7. His novel The Ground Catches Everything is from Roundfire Books. His second novel (unpublished) is set during the Ethiopian famine of 1984-86 and is part of a trilogy.