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 from Auburn University, and recently, her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin’s New Writers Project. 

Raye is the winner of the Keene Prize for Literature (2019), the Patricia Aakhus Award given by Southern Indiana Review (2019), and the New Writers Project Michael Adams Thesis Prize in Poetry, selected by Robyn Schiff (2019). In 2018, she was a finalist for the Keene Prize, the Fania Kruger Fellowship in Writing, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal’s Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry Prize. She has 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 PinchCherry Tree, Glass (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.