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


Collin Green


Collin Green is a fifth year senior at the University of Tennessee. He is double-majoring in Journalism & Electronic Media and English, with a concentration of Rhetoric and Writing. In the future he hopes to continue creating and sharing stories as a working journalist. Collin has worked at the Phoenix for over three years and is currently a co-president in the UT Office of Student Media. A student of media and discourse, Collin loves engaging in conversation regarding contemporary issues like politics, religion, and Star Trek.

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"You do this because you like it, you think what you're making is beautiful. And if you think it's beautiful, maybe they think it's beautiful."
-Lou Reed


Lukas McCrary

Lead Designer

Lukas McCrary is currently working on his undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee. He performs on an improv-comedy team that puts on shows every month. Lukas designs posters for events around Knoxville and logos for podcasts and sketch shows. His work has been featured in galleries, magazines, and on street poles. Once, Lukas threw up two corn-dogs at a county fair. He hopes to continue designing for fun events and art magazines after graduation.

Image by Carly Crawford Photography
Image by Carly Crawford Photography

Zoe Evans

Art Editor

Zoe Evans is a University of Tennessee undergraduate majoring in 2D studio art. They co-run a blog for women and queers called Grlsplain, and they have worked at the Phoenix for three semesters. Zoe would always rather be spending time with their friends and their dog Buddy than doing almost anything else. Right now, they want to be a welder or a tattoo artist after graduation, and they hope to continue making and writing about art.


Peyton Vance

Prose Editor

Peyton has been a writer for as long as he can remember. Even before he knew how to spell his own name he would come up with stories about spaceships and adventurers. Surprisingly, his parents did not cry when he told them that his major would be English with a focus in creative writing. Peyton has gone on to write stage plays, screenplays, short stories, fiction pieces, nonfiction pieces, poetry, and even a horror web comic. He currently works with UT’s arts as creative intern for Unwarranted, UT’s comedy sketch group, as well as the prose editor for the magazine.

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Jenna Dirksen

Poetry Editor

Jenna Dirksen is a senior at UTK majoring in creative writing. She rose to prominence as a writer in 2016 after she created an extremely successful Teen Titans fan blog.



Alyson Sliger 

Copy Editor

Alyson Sliger is a junior at the University of Tennessee. She is currently majoring in English, with a concentration in creative writing, and minoring in cinema studies. She is an accomplished painter who has worked on commission for a variety of people, most commonly creating portraits. She hopes to continue working with magazine or book publications after graduation. 

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