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, and classic rock. Raye is the Online Content and Web Editor for Bat City Review and has worked for Southern Humanities Review as a poetry reader and Assistant Managing Editor. She earned her BA and MA in English from Auburn University, during which she taught English Composition I & II. Currently, Raye is pursuing her MFA at the University of Texas at Austin, where she also teaches an undergraduate poetry workshop. She spends approximately half her time applying SPF 100 sunscreen and complaining about the (only slightly worse than Alabama) heat. 

Raye was a finalist for both the 2018 Keene Prize for Literature and the 2018 Fania Kruger Fellowship in Writing, and she 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 appeared or is forthcoming in Southern Indiana Review, The Chattahoochee Review, Shenandoah, The PinchGlass (Poets Resist), and elsewhere.