poet / literary events specialist / editor




J. Bailey Hutchinson is a small poet haunted by a big river.

Hutchinson is originally from Memphis, Tennessee, where she obtained her B.A. from Rhodes College. She earned her MFA at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where she served as Social Media Editor and Poetry Editor for the Arkansas International (2016-2019) and Assistant Director of the Open Mouth non-profit reading series (2015-2019). She is currently a Bookseller & Events Coordinator for Milkweed Books, and she is an Associate Poetry Editor for BOAAT.

Hutchinson can usually be found sitting here. She is also known to frequent the grocery store’s refrigerated pickle aisle. Once, by a creek, a crawfish tried to pick a fight with her. It was very small and unafraid, and she respected that.

Hutchinson’s work has been featured by SalamanderBeloitNew South, BOAATand more. She has published a variety of capsule reviews on contemporary poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels. She was the 2016 recipient of the James T. Whitehead Creative Writing Endowment, and the 2018 recipient of both the Felix Christopher McKean Memorial Award for Poetry and the Lily Peter Fellowship in Poetry, awarded by the University of Arkansas’ department of English in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences.

Hutchinson was a finalist for the Black Warrior Review’s 2017 Poetry Contest and Nimrod’s 2018 Writing Contest. She won First Prize in the 2018 New South Writing Contest. She is also the recipient of an arts grant from Artists 360.

(HOME photo by Kat Wilson. ABOUT photo by Alicia Pitts. ALL OTHER photos by my dad, probably.)