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About Me

Terry L. Kennedy is the Associate Director of the MFA Writing Program at UNC Greensboro and Director of the Spring Southeastern Literary Magazine & Independent Press Festival. Editor of the online journal storySouth, Terry is also an Associate Editor for The Greensboro Review. His poems have been published in a variety of literary journals and magazines including Cave Wall, from the Fishouse, roger: an art and literary magazine, and Southern Review.

Work experience

Aug 2001Present

Associate Editor

The Greensboro Review

For forty years the MFA Writing Program at UNC Greensboro has published The Greensboro Review. MFA students serve as poetry and fiction editors of the magazine. Works from the journal are consistently cited and anthologized in Pushcart Prize, New Stories from the South, Best American Short Stories, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and other annual collections honoring the finest writing by both established and emerging talent.

Aug 2007Present

Associate Director, Graduate Program in Creative Writing

The MFA Writing Program at Greensboro is one of the oldest such programs in the country. During the early years, the University had among its faculty a number of noted writers, such as Allen Tate, Caroline Gordon, John Crowe Ransom, Hiram Haydn, Peter Taylor, and Randall Jarrell. They invited other distinguished writers to campus to read from their work and to meet with students; these writers included Robert Lowell, Robert Frost, Flannery O’Connor, Robert Penn Warren, Eudora Welty, and Saul Bellow. In 1965, under the leadership of Robert Watson, creative writing offerings were formalized. Since that time, enrollment has grown, but the faculty has intentionally kept the program small, enabling students to have individual conferences with faculty.

Aug 2006Present

Founding Editor

Spring Garden Press

Spring Garden Press is a not-for-profit independent literary press located in Greensboro, NC, a place Randall Jarrell once described as "Sleeping Beauty" for its uncanny ability to attract and produce so many wonderful writers. Our mission is to publish poetry that, by entering the world, wakens it.

Aug 2006Present


Spring Southeastern Literary Magazine & Independent Press Festival

The Spring Southeastern Literary Magazine & Independent Press Festival is an annual event that honors North Carolina's rich literary heritage and brings some of America's finest editors & writers to our state. The five days of free literary happenings are open to the public and celebrate book culture and promote reading & literacy.

Aug 2008Present



storySouth's most important mission is to showcase the best fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry that writers from the new south have to offer. Special emphasis is given to finding and promoting the works of promising new writers. In addition, storySouth aims to prove that the internet is not just a medium of flash and style; that excellent writing can attract attention without programming gimmicks and hard-to-read fonts.

Jan 2000Jul 2001

Assistant Director, Graduate Program in Creative Writing

Aug 1999Dec 1999

Adjunct Faculty, Department of English


Aug 1997May 1999