Heather Dobbins-Combs

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Heather Dobbins is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. She graduated from the College Scholars program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She earned a Master of Education degree from Holy Names University in Oakland, California, and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the Graduate Writing Seminars at Bennington College in Vermont. Her poems have been published in Beloit Poetry Journal, Big Muddy, New Millennium Writings, The Southern Poetry Anthology (Tennessee), and TriQuarterly Review, among others. She has been awarded scholarships and fellowships to the Indiana Writers’ Conference, Napa Writers’ Conference, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Vermont Studio Center, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts’ workshop in Auvillar, France. She recently began contributing poetry reviews for The Rumpus and other journals.She taught middle school and high school for sixteen years in Oakland, California, and Memphis, Tennessee, where she founded River City Scribes, a creative writing workshop for teens. She served as co-chair of the Mid-South Book Festival in 2015 and 2016. She recently moved to yet another river town. She is an instructor at the University of Arkansas–Fort Smith.