light, light: do not go
I sing you this song and I will sing another as well
— D.A. Powell, "Chronic"


Raye Hendrix is a poet from Middle-Of-Nowhere, Alabama, who loves cats, crystals, college football, and classic rock. Raye is the Online Content and Web Editor for Bat City Review and has worked for Southern Humanities Review as Assistant Managing Editor. She earned her BA and MA in English from Auburn University and is currently in her final semester at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is pursuing her MFA. She spends approximately half her time applying SPF 100 sunscreen and complaining about the (only slightly worse than Alabama) heat. 

Raye is the winner of the 2018 Patricia Aakhus Award given by Southern Indiana Review, and she was a finalist for the 2018 Keene Prize for Literature, the 2018 Fania Kruger Fellowship in Writing (both via UT Austin), and Tinderbox Poetry Journal’s 2018 Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry Prize. She also received honorable mentions for poetry from AWP’s Intro Journals Project (2015) and Southern Humanities Review’s Witness Poetry Prize honoring Jake Adam York (2014). Her work has been featured on Poetry Daily and in Southern Indiana Review, The Chattahoochee Review, Shenandoah, The PinchGlass (Poets Resist), and elsewhere (and, coincidentally, in elsewhere).

Raye will begin her doctoral study in Contemporary American Poetry & Poetics with a Queer/Crip Theory focus this fall at the University of Oregon as both a Raymund and Wegelin Fellow. She currently lives in Austin, Texas with her partner and their two (feline) children, Merlin and Turnip.