Dean Symmonds is a lesbian poet from the South seeking their BAs in Creative Writing and Religious Studies at Hollins University. They work as a Poetry Editor at Persephone's Daughters. They placed second in the 2017 Lex Allen Literary Festival judged by Li-Young Lee. Their poems have been published in magazines like Bad Pony Magazine, Monstering, Crab Fat Magazine, Gravel, and The Album, and are forthcoming from Lavender Review. Their academic work on the Virgin Mary and Southern womanhood was published in the Hollins Digital Commons in 2017. You can find them on Twitter @poetpersephone.