About Us

NOVUS is a literary journal housed at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. NOVUS succeeds our previous literary journal, Lyre of the Phoenix, mentored by Dr. Michael Rex, pictured below.

As a journal, NOVUS publishes the work of national and international poets, writers, and artists with established publishing histories, alongside the very best of our student undergraduate work. Quality is our main objective, and we strive to spark inspiration with material that reflects the origins of our name: “new and novel” with a fresh spirit and unique voice. We hope to enhance and maintain a community that cherishes creative expression by supporting original, modern perspectives on the human condition, as well as timeless narratives with resonant voices.

Meet Our Team!

NOVUS wouldn’t be what it is today without the help and support of Cumberland University’s Creative and Imaginative Writing Program. Under their direction, we have been able to conduct NOVUS promotional events, establish a bi-weekly creative writing club at Cumberland University, and establish a full-fledged literary journal here at novusliterary.com. We are also fortunate to have been granted a Dr. Bill McKee Creative Research and Activities Grant to further our efforts and create a Commemorative Print Edition which published in Fall 2021, with an additional print journal slated for Fall 2022. 

Ms. Sandee Gertz

Managing Editor/Advisor

Sandee Gertz is thrilled to have the honor of managing the Novus journal. She is an Assistant Professor at Cumberland focusing on Poetry, Intro to Creative Writing, and Small Press Publishing. She is the author of The Pattern Maker’s Daughter (Poems, Bottom Dog Press 2012) and her credits in poetry and memoir include Gargoyle, Cathexis Northwest Press, Northern Appalachia Review, Green Mountains Review, Poet Lore, The Write Launch, The Ledge, and as a Finalist for the Porch Prize in Fiction and Poetry. Learn more at Sandeegertz.com.

Dr. Michael Rex
Playwriting Contributing Editor

Ms. Kerry Ann Moore
CIW Program Director

(L to R) Ruby Pauly

Patricia Shallenberger

Kiana Ledo

Molly Smith, 2021/2022 Editorial Intern

Arturo Carrillo Rivas

Renee Boyer 

Leith Fae 

Rebekah Gorham 

Daniel Sutherland

Joey Padilla (Far Left) 

Katherine Wiles  (Far Right)

Naomi Oliveira

Olivia Allen

Kendal Plumlee

Novus Staff Spring 2022 

(Not Pictured, Morgan Bishop) 

NOVUS Literary and
Arts Journal
Lebanon, TN