The Editorial Team
Kaitlyn Baltz is a junior at Tennessee Tech majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. She enjoys reading, reality television, and is learning how to cook. This is her first year apart of the Iris Review, and she is excited to gain some valuable experience in editing.
Maverick is a senior at Tennessee Tech majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. They love writing poetry, listening to music, and enabling chaos. This isn't their first year with the Iris Review, but they hope the experience teaches them good teamwork and valuable skills to further their career.
Austin Hensley is an English major with a concentration in Creative Writing at Tennessee Tech. He's from from Clay county, Tennessee. He discovered his love of fiction and poetry in high school. Austin is an aspiring author who is hoping to see his name in publishing, while furthering his education in his pursuit to become a professor. When he's not writing, he can usually be found playing video games, playing sports, or spending time with his dog, Otis!
The Promotions & Marketing Team
Alyson Warneke is a junior at Tennessee Tech majoring in Rhetoric and Language. In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry and non-fiction. She joined The Iris Review to help better her editing skills, and to spread literature and art around her area.
Heather Richmond is a senior at Tennessee Tech majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and minor in Theatre. She enjoys being a mom, reading, watching fantasy and anime, writing poetry and fiction, and baking cookies. She has previously been published in the Iris Review, and is excited to be part of the team this year.
The Design Team
Martha Highers is a creative writer who lives in Cookeville and presently works at Cookeville Regional Medical Center as a nurse. She is also editor of the online creative nonfiction journal Under the Sun. (She invites all Iris Review readers and writers to submit to it). Her current bio can be found here: https://underthesunonline.com/wordpress/2022/about-us/
Emma Mitchell is a senior at Tennessee Tech University studying physics, astronomy, and English. In her free time, she can be found rock climbing, ballroom dancing, contemplating a new story idea, or watching the sunset (however cliché it might be, it’s true). She is excited to be working on the design team for The Iris Review and looks forward to reading all of the wonderful submissions for this year’s issue.
Taylor Crabtree is a senior studying creative writing. She wants to write for people with attention issues, since she suffered from the inability to read as a child due to her own attention disorder. She is an animal lover and enjoys cooking up some hearty vegetarian meals in her free time. This is her first time working on the Iris Review, and she is enjoying all the creative challenges it brings.