Our cover art and View illustrations are provided by our interior artist, George McCartney, Jr. Mr. McCartney studied at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and received a bachelor's of art from the State University of New York at Geneseo. Since 1997, he has worked in various media in the fields of illustration, graphic design, and textiles. George resides in North Carolina with his wife, Kristin, and their children.
Our poet this month is the late Wilmer Mills who, we are saddened to report, passed away on July 25, aged 41.
Mr. Mills was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on October 1, 1969. He was graduated from The McCallie School in 1988 and The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, with a B.A. in English literature in 1992. He received a Masters in Theology from Sewanee in 2005. His first book of poems, a chapbook, Right as Rain, was published by Aralia Press in 1999. His first full-length collection of poems, Light for the Orphans, was published by Story Line Press in 2002.
Mr. Mills published poems in The New Republic, The Hudson Review, The Southern Review, Poetry, The New Criterion, Shenandoah, Literary Imagination, and others. His poems have been anthologized in the Penguin/Longman Anthology of Contemporary American Poets (2004), in The Swallow Anthology's New American Poets (2009), and in a forthcoming anthology from Anvil Poetry Press of six American poets.
Mills worked as a carpenter, furniture maker, sawmill operator, artisan bread baker, white-oak-basket weaver, farmer, whitewater-raft guide, and poetry teacher, among other things.
Survivors include his wife, Kathryn, and children Benjamin and Phoebe-Agnes.