Bethany Fitts was raised in Tupelo, Mississippi, and graduated from the University of Mississippi’s Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College in 2019 with a B.A. in English and creative writing. She was the editor of Populi Magazine, where she edited poetry and flash fiction. Her senior thesis, advised by author Kiese Laymon, used hybrid nonfiction and poetry to explore family, religion, and grief within the southern context. She has interned with the Sunflower County Freedom Project in Sunflower, Mississippi, and the Merwin Conservancy in Kahului, Hawaii. Following graduation, she received a Fulbright scholarship and taught English in the Czech Republic during the 2019–20 academic year.

Areas of Focus: Southern literature, religion, and politics