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 Staff

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Sadie Kimbrough


Sadie Kimbrough is a junior studying Food Equity + Sustainability. While she loves to cook and listen to music, her favorite hobby, unfortunately, is indulging in reality television. This is Sadie's third year with Phoenix.


Jaylin Witherspoon

Lead Designer

Jaylin Witherspoon is a senior graphic design student with a hardcore obsession with furniture, fashion, and a kind of escapism that can only be found in noodle dishes. As a designer he is comforted by nostalgic and comforting aesthetics.

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Rose Hamm

Art Editor

Rose Hamm is a senior at UTK studying Studio Art and Psychology. Through drawing, painting, and quilting, she explores how art objects function alongside their owners in personal or intimate ways. The concepts of belonging, intimacy, and a sense of home have been central to her work, along with their dualities of comfort and brokenness.


Aslan Gossett

Poetry Editor

Aslan Gossett is a senior studying English - Creative Writing and Philosophy. He enjoys sitting, standing, and lying down, and it is believed that he is a master of all three.

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Clint Liles

Prose Editor

Clint Liles is a senior 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.


Josh Strange

Copy Editor

Josh Strange is a Senior studying Journalism and Electronic Media. Josh loves reading campy fantasy novels, talking too loud in quiet coffee shops, and plundering thrift stores for clothes that your grandparents used to wear.


Taylor McKickle

Social Media Coordinator

Taylor McKickle is the current social media coordinator for Phoenix. She's a junior majoring in advertising, and in her down time, she likes to play my ukulele and hang out with her cat, Scotch.

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Case Pharr

Staff Member



Abby-Noelle Potter

Staff Member

Abby-Noelle is a freshman double majoring in English and Theatre. While aspiring to be a creative writer, she also has interests in sustainable fashion and photography. You can usually find her at Hodges Library reading and eating a blueberry scone.

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Kyle Wente

Staff Member


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