Kory Wells

Kory Wells

Kory Wells grew up on the stories of her southern Appalachian family and the wonder of the Space Age.  Equally influenced by each, her career has spun into an unexpected but happy tangle of software development, creative writing, and public speaking.

The intersection of Kory’s dual careers occurs in her essay “Really Good for a Girl” which leads the anthology She’s Such a Geek: Women Write About Science, Technology and Other Nerdy Stuff.  Ladies Home Journal picked Geek as one of its December 2006 “Books We Love” and singled out Kory’s writing that will “resonate with any woman, geek or not.”

Heaven Was the Moon

Heaven Was the Moon: Poems by Kory Wells. March Street Press, 2009.

Kory’s first poetry collection, Heaven Was the Moon, was published by March Street Press in fall 2009. It’s available on amazon.com and also directly from Kory, the publisher, and local middle Tennessee stores.

Kory often performs her poetry with her daughter Kelsey, a roots music multi-instrumentalist. The duo’s fusion of words and music has been called “bluegrass rap” and “hillbilly cool.” Learn more on the Kory and Kelsey Wells Facebook page.

Kory’s short stories, essays, and poetry have appeared in Southern Women’s Review, Now & Then, RuminateRock & Sling, Pindeldyboz, Muscadine Lines: A Southern AnthologyBirmingham Arts Journal, Kudzu, and other publications.  She is currently seeking a publisher for her first novel, which was a finalist in the William Faulkner competition.

A software developer for many years, Kory is now a product director for a software company, a job which, her husband often reminds her, pays considerably better than poetry.  But then, what doesn’t pay better than poetry?  She is a summa cum laude graduate with a B.S. in computer science and an M.S. in industrial studies from Middle Tennessee State University, where she’s now a mentor with The Writer’s Loft.


Kory’s lived most of her life in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where she now resides with her husband Mike, two teenagers, Kelsey and Matthew, and a stubborn but sweet Basset hound, Max.  The family has recently started renovating a home in Bell Buckle, TN.

Kory is the daughter of railroader Jim Green and writer Judy Lee Green.  Much of her extended family are from the north Georgia and north Alabama areas.  Her maternal grandmother, a great storyteller in her own right, was a sharecropper’s daughter from Varnell, Georgia, whose own grandmother was a Cherokee Indian.

Kory has also been a small business owner, college instructor, student pilot, Girl Scout leader, Sunday school teacher, copy editor and shoe store clerk.  She’s always wanted to be an astronaut and a country singer. She owns a fantasy baseball team, always wears sensible shoes, and has a penchant for bracelets and dangly earrings.

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