Greg Gerding, Founder
is a noted underground poet and publisher. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in English Language and Literature, and then hit the streets to continue his education as a scholar and scrivener of the real world. He has had seven books published: five books of prose poetry, a collection of essays entitled Venue Voyeurisms, and his most recent book, I’ll Show You Mine (The Sager Group, 2013), is an oral history on the subject of intimacy.
Greg founded the University of Hell Press in 2005 as a self-publishing brand and then expanded it to publishing other authors beginning in 2012, launching a platform for unconventional artistry. He has collaborated on projects with musicians and visual artists, and is well known for organizing poetry readings on both coasts. Greg was born in Kentucky, has lived and/or worked in nearly every city in America, and currently resides in Portland, Oregon. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of The Big Smoke America.
Eve Connell, Managing Editor
is a proud, native Angeleno who, nevertheless, happily relocated to the verdant Pacific Northwest over a decade ago. She now considers Stumptown home and still marvels at how simple it was to dive into, well, everything—from joining editorial forces and nonprofit arts org boards; to jumping into choirs and bands; to biking while sporting an electric blue wig, leopard print coat, and flowing purple boa, a regular act attracting exactly zero attention.
After exhausting the limits of practical degrees in French literature, philosophy, and linguistics, teaching undergrads and grads, and launching an art gallery, Eve now spends billable hours writing, editing, and training for a variety of cool clients, and endless, unbillable hours at University of Hell Press. She fancies herself a reasonably successful worm rancher and flower arranger, and writes stories about the things that keep her up most nights, most recently the drama concerning various woodland animals who inhabit her yard. Eve’s superpowers include connecting people with the right resources and the right souls, and withstanding cavities—no small feat in fluoride-free PDX.
Amy E. Chadwick, Editor
is our Mistress of the Red Pen—and an obsessive-compulsive logophile, grammatitarian, and syntaxicist. She also likes to invent words. She graduated summa cum laude from San Diego State University just so she could write “cum” on her résumé.
When Amy’s not busy saving the world from inappropriate use of the apostrophe, she enjoys visiting art galleries, drinking Canadian whisky, listening to live music, roller-skating, and getting tattooed. Sometimes all at once. She strives to live life in tempered excess. Amy is a card-carrying member of the non sequitur and her favorite color is four.
Tyler Atwood, Editor
comes from a long line of subsistence farmers, but knows very little about the planting or harvesting of crops. He is fascinated by black holes, and yet admits that he knows very little about how they actually work. Tyler is the author of one collection of poetry, an electric sheep jumps to greener pasture, published by us! His poems have appeared in Lunch Ticket, Drunk in A Midnight Choir, The Colorado Independent, and other fantastic journals. He lives and works in Denver, Colorado but sometimes his dreams transport him to other climes.
John W Barrios, Editor
is a poet (one of ours!), essayist, editor, social worker, and full-time father living in Portland, Oregon.
Vince Norris, Graphic Designer
was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, moved to California in the mid 80s as a teen, suffered culture shock, recovered, and then decided to pursue art as a career. He has been an illustrator his entire life, working for several large design firms before striking out on his own.
Vince graciously (ahem, begrudgingly) donated his talents to the University of Hell Press’s first book The Burning Album of Lame, while also donating his fee toward the production of that book. He has been the sole designer of most of our books since, from cover art to layout. (This is obvious: our covers garner attention at every turn, and Vince’s fine work has shaped our unique brand aesthetic.) Vince pursues fine art as a hobby along with motocross, music, and motorcycle restoration. He also loves strawberries.
Tina Richardson, Copy Editor / Fact Checker
has worked as a book binder and a lounge singer; she has also worked as a graveyard answering service operator and a cataloger of smuggled Columbian artifacts. Her last real job was as a computer tech for Enron; however, that didn’t end well, so she started from scratch and slowly began to rekindle her complicated relationship with writing. She received her MFA in poetry from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan where she was also awarded a Zell postgraduate Fellowship. She lives in Louisiana where she can be found not only working in her garden, but also working on her second collection of poems, There Is Chaos in Here.
Alexandra Tselios, Australian Rep
is our go-to girl down unda. If you live in Australia and you want our books, contact her. If you’re looking to be her latest stalker, queue up, suckers, because the line is long. But, be forewarned, she likes to kick ass indiscriminately and will fuck you up. Alexandra is an accomplished publisher, founding and editing the Pardon Punx zine, the CEO of Tselios Media Group, and Publisher of The Big Smoke.