Judy Ayyildiz is a Hollins writing graduate, workshop leader and an internationally published author of 11 book in 5 genres, including Forty Thorns, Intervals, Nothing but Time, Some of My Ancestors are Ottomans and Turks, and Mud River. Judy appears in many publications and anthologies, including New York Quarterly, McGuffin, Mickle Street Review, and many more. Her first book (poetry) winner Gusto Press; Second book (poetry) hailed by William Packard and Fred Chappell; Third book (poetry) nominated Library Virginia Prize; Novel, winner JPX International Book Award, Cornucopia Editor’s Choice, and Remzi’s Best-Seller list. Editor of Artemis for 13 years, educator, a founder of the Blue Ridge Writers Conference.