Our Story

Phoenix is a student-run campus publication dedicated to the artistic expression of students, faculty, and alumni. Now celebrating over 60 years in publication, the magazine is known as a home for student artistry at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. The Phoenix staff has always sought to provide students with a platform to speak truth to power and share their own stories through art.
In the past, Phoenix has housed the works of Cormac McCarthy, Bennet LeMaster, and Dr. Marilyn Kallet.

Meet the Editors


Ben Hurst


Ben is a senior from Nashville, TN majoring in Literature and Political Science. He reads classic novels in his free time and collects antique typewriters. His favorite podcast is The History of Literature, unsurprisingly. He worked as the Copy Editor at the Phoenix before becoming the Editor in Chief this year.


Johnathan Woods

Lead Designer

Johnathan Woods is a senior in the graphic design program at UTK, and he is also pursuing a minor in entrepreneurship. He is interested in where design overlaps with entrepreneurial solutions, and he believes that good design solutions should educate, inform, or cause reform regardless of the medium.

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Rose Hamm

Art Editor

Rose Hamm is a Sophomore art Student at the University of Tennessee.


Victoria Mullins

Poetry Editor

Victoria Mullins is a senior at UT studying philosophy and creative writing. She is a co-founder of the Highlander reading series and is in her second year at the Phoenix. Pre-coronavirus, her biggest hobby was being with her friends. After corona, she has taken up cooking while listening to audiobooks, watching Netflix WITH subtitles, and drinking a ton of water

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Clint Liles 

Prose Editor

Clint Liles is a junior majoring in English with a concentration in American Literature. After his bachelors, Clint hopes to work towards a master’s in education. When he is not reading and writing for classes he will most likely be making coffee, hiking, or traveling.


Lynda Sleeter 

Copy Editor

Lynda is a senior undergraduate student majoring in English with a concentration in literature. She returned to UT-Knoxville in the fall of 2018 to work toward a PhD in literature (number two on her personal “bucket list”) after retiring as a home economics teacher. She has earned a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences education from Murray State University, and a master’s degree in instructional technology and educational services (curriculum specialty) from the University of Tennessee.  Lynda is married, has two stepdaughters, and two grandsons.  She hopes to return to the classroom as a professor of modern literature or African-American literature.

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