who we are
We are an independent small press committed to the discovery of writing that transcends the ordinary. We believe in developing and encouraging the creative writing voice in our journal, in the press, and throughout communities. It’s our desire to enrich the world through publishing people, and their stories, their poems, and their books with the hope that they move, inspire, invite, create, empower and more.
V Press only publishes books/authors we believe in. If we believe in you—we will fight for you! It’s our desire to see our authors’ work largely distributed throughout the marketplace.
About the Director
Director & Managing Editor, Torie Amarie Dale, is a multiple award-winning author who has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice. She has had her nonfiction piece about her recovery from domestic violence adapted into a short film and even took on a cameo role in the production.
Torie holds a dual major MFA in Creative Writing focusing on Poetry and Creative Nonfiction from Queens University of Charlotte, an Interdisciplinary BA focusing on Law and Journalism from the University of South Carolina Upstate, and an AS in Legal Office Management from Mercyhurst College. She also has an Emergency Crisis Intake Certificate from CareNet and has trained to be an advocate for Greenville County Rape Crisis Coalition.
Among the many odd jobs that Torie has worked throughout her life, which include crisis intake counselor, line cook, elementary education tutor, university professor, elderly caretaker, security guard, dog sitter, executive administrative assistant, model, high school instructor, legal secretary and more, the job that brought her the most joy and fulfillment was the one where she got to make great writers even better through her work as an editor.
Prior to leaving to start her own press, Torie worked a combined total of more than four years at two literary journals as a managing editor/technical and content editor and as an editorial assistant and as a freelance copy editor for a small press. Currently, she works with authors who need her skills at editing.
Torie enjoys sinking her feet into the watery sand and battling large waves on the edge of the ocean as the roll in, reading poetry, and singing to her dog who surprisingly crosses her paws and listens intently to the poetry and howls profusely at her singing. At home, she is known as the queen of puns by her children who oddly enough have always enjoyed her wry and off-key sense of humor.
Note: The Guest Editors below are only for the Chapbook Contest and the Nonfiction Book Prize. Freelance editors will be hired for all other contests and general book submissions. If interested in becoming a Freelance editor for V Press LC, send a letter of interest addressed to Director and Managing Editor, Torie Amarie Dale, through our contact page.
Cathy Smith Bowers, North Carolina Poet Laureate 2010—2012, was born and grew up in Lancaster, S.C. She was educated at USC-L, Winthrop University, Oxford, and the Haden Institute.
Cathy Smith Bowers’ poems have appeared widely in publications such as The Atlantic Monthly, The Georgia Review, Poetry, The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, and Ploughshares.
She is a winner of The General Electric Award, recipient of a South Carolina Poetry Fellowship, and winner of The South Carolina Arts Commission Fiction Project. She served for many years as poet-in-residence at Queens University of Charlotte where she received the 2002 JB Fuqua Distinguished Educator Award. She now teaches in the Queens low-residency MFA program and at Wofford College.
Her first book The Love That Ended Yesterday in Texas was the inaugural winner of The Texas Tech University Press First Book Competition. Her poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s Poetry Almanac and on Poetry Daily. Her fifth book, The Collected Poems of Cathy Smith Bowers, Press 53, won the 2014 SIBA Award for Poetry.
She lives in the North Carolina foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Kathryn Rhett is the author of an essay collection, Souvenir, and a memoir, Near Breathing, and is editor of the anthology Survival Stories: Memoirs of Crisis. Her collection of poetry, Immortal Village, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in February.
A professor of English at Gettysburg College, she also teaches in the Queens University of Charlotte’s low-residency MFA programs, and can be found at kathrynrhett.com.
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