Leverett Butts teaches composition and literature at the Gainesville campus of the University of North Georgia. His poetry and fiction have appeared in Eclectic and The Georgia State University Review. He is the recipient of several fiction prizes offered by the University of West Georgia and TAG Publishing. His first collection of short fiction, Emily's Stitches: The Confessions of Thomas Calloway and Other Stories, was nominated for the 2013 Georgia Author of the Year Award in Short Fiction, and has recently been released in a revised and expanded second edition. His novella,Guns of the Waste Land: Departure won the 2010 Great American Novel Award. Along with authors Scott Thompson and Richard Monaco, he is founding editor of the online literary journal, Grand Central Review. He lives in Temple, Georgia, with his wife, son, their Jack Russell terrier, and a couple of antisocial cats.