Richard Hermes is a Ph.D. candidate in the creative writing program at the University of Tennessee. He has an M.F.A. from the University of Minnesota, where he won the Gesell Award for Excellence in Fiction. His other awards include the Phoebe Fiction Award, Minnesota Monthly’s Tamarack Award, a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, and a Henry Luce Scholars fellowship to Thailand, where he lived and worked for eight years. He has written for a number of magazines and newspapers, including the Bangkok Post, Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, and Utne, and he was the editor-in-chief of the tenth-anniversary issue of Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts, which won the 2018 Parnassus Award for Significant Editorial Achievement from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. He is engaged to his favorite poet, Katie Condon.
Email: rhermes [at] vols.utk.edu