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. She has also worked as a freelance copy editor for a small press. When not running her small press, or working as a professor, Torie freelances with authors who need her skills.
Torie enjoys sinking her feet into the sand on the edge of the ocean, reading poetry, and singing to her dog. Surprisingly, her dog 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.