Kory Wells is a writer, seeker, nerd, mother, wife and daughter of the South whose work reflects a life influenced by moon walks and Moon Pies, growing up in a small Southern town, living in a bigger Southern suburb, and loving the stories of her Appalachian family.
She is author of the poetry collection Heaven Was the Moon (March Street Press) and often performs her poetry with her daughter Kelsey in an act that’s been called “bluegrass rap” and “hillbilly cool.” The Tennessee duo’s first album, Decent Pan of Cornbread, was released in the fall of 2012.
Kory’s novel-in-progress was a William Faulkner competition finalist, and her “standout” nonfiction has been praised by Ladies’ Home Journal. Her work appears in numerous journals and anthologies, including the Christian Science Monitor.
She is a product director for a software company, a job which, her husband often reminds her, pays considerably better than poetry.
Kory was born in Chattanooga and has lived most of her life in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Middle Tennessee State University. She loves coffee, dangly earrings, and afternoon naps.