Meet the people behind Five Points:

David Bottoms

David Bottoms (Co-Editor) has served as Georgia’s Poet Laureate since 2000, and was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2009. He teaches at Georgia State University, co-edits Five Points magazine, and lives in Marietta, Georgia. His first book, Shooting Rats at the Bibb County Dump, won the Walt Whitman Award. Since, he has received such awards as the Ingram Merrill Award, Poetry magazine’s Levinson Prize, the 1999 Georgia Author of the Year Award from the Georgia Writers Association, the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Additionally, he has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Megan Sexton

Megan Sexton’s first collection of poems, Swift Hour, received the Adrienne Bond Award for Poetry and was published by Mercer University Press in April 2014. Her chapbook, Insects & Mystics, was awarded the Redbone Press Prize. She is co-editor of Five Points: A Journal of Literature & Art and teaches in the Department of English at Georgia State UniversityHer poetry and nonfiction have been widely published in anthologies and journals, including Poetry, Ploughshares, The Iowa Review, The Southern Review, The Literary Review, Poetry Daily, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for the PEN/Newman First Amendment Award and has received a fellowship from the Hambidge Center.

Beth Gylys

Beth Gylys (Associate Editor / Poetry) is currently a Professor at Georgia State University and has published two award winning collections of poetry Spot in the Dark (Ohio State UP 2004) and Bodies that Hum (1999 Silverfish Review Press) and two chapbooks Matchbook (La Vita Poetica Press 2007) and Balloon Heart  (Wind Press 1998). Awarded fellowships and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, La Muse and La Centre D’art i Natura de Farrera, she has had work published anthologies and journals including Paris Review, Antioch Review, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Boston Review, and The Southern Review.

Sheri Joseph

Sheri Joseph (Associate Editor / Fiction) is an NEA fellow and winner of the Grub Street National Book Prize, among others.  Her recent novel is Where You Can Find Me, and her earlier books are Stray, a novel, and Bear Me Safely Over, a cycle of stories.  She teaches in the creative writing program at Georgia State University.

John Holman

John Holman (Associate Editor) is the author of Squabble and Other Stories and Luminous Mysteries, a novel.  His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Oxford American, Mississippi Review, and other publications.  He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award.  His next book of fiction will be published in 2015.

Josh Russell

Josh Russell (Associate Editor) is the Director of the Creative Writing Program, a Professor in the Department of English, and the author of the novels Yellow Jack (W.W. Norton), My Bright Midnight (LSU Press), and A True History of the Captivation, Transport to Strange Lands, & Deliverance of Hannah Guttentag (Dzanc Books), and the chapbooks Winter on Fifth Avenue, New York (Oat City Press) and Pretend You’ll Do It Again (Greying Ghost Press).