John C. Mannone, winner of the 2020 Dwarf Stars Award, has poems appearing in the North Dakota Quarterly, Le Menteur, Foreign Literary Journal, Poetry South, Baltimore Review, and others. He won the Impressions of Appalachia Creative Arts Contest (poetry, 2020) and the Carol Oen Fiction Award (2020). He was awarded a Jean Ritchie Fellowship (2017), and served as the celebrity judge for the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (2018). He edits poetry for Abyss & Apex, Silver Blade, Liquid Imagination, and is a contributing editor to ADR. A retired physics professor, Mannone lives between Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tennessee.