Tim Earley was born and raised in the Sandy Mush community of Rutherford County, North Carolina. He is the author of four books of poems, Boondoggle (Main Street Rag, 2005), The Spooking of Mavens (Cracked Slab Books, 2010), Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery (Horse Less Press, 2014), which won the 2015 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Award, and Linthead Stomp (Horse Less Press, forthcoming December 2016), along with the chapbooks Catfish Poems (Delete Press, 2013) and The Center is Barbaric the Periphery is Without Lights (DoubleCross Press, 2016). His work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Chicago Review, Colorado Review, jubilat, Southern Humanities Review, Sink Review, Typo, Conduit, The Ecopoetry Anthology, Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains, and the Hick Poetics Anthology. He was educated at Isothermal Community College, USC Upstate, the University of Mississippi, and the University of Alabama, where he earned an MFA in Creative Writing. Twice a Writing Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, he currently lives in Denver, Colorado and is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at the University of Mississippi. He teaches online courses in creative writing, Appalachian literature, and early British literature.