About Us

NOVUS is a literary journal housed at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. NOVUS succeeds our previous literary journal, Lyre of the Phoenix.

As a journal, NOVUS publishes the very best of our student work alongside national and international poets, writers, and artists with established publishing histories. 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.

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. This year 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 slated for Fall 2021. 

Dr. Michael Rex
Playwriting Contributing Editor

Ms. Kerry Ann Moore
CIW Program Director

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.

Jamie Fleming

Jamie is an English major and Creative Writing minor at Cumberland University, and she works for her university’s writing center as the Head Writing Specialist. When not stressing over her busy schedule, she enjoys reading Southern poetry and taking care of her pet turtle.

Renee Boyer

Renee Boyer is a local of Lebanon, Tennessee. She graduated high school from McClain Christian Academy, and she decided to continue her education at Cumberland University. She has graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Business and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English. Both of her parents are creatively and musically inclined, so her interest in the arts is supported and encouraged by her family.

NOVUS Literary and Arts Journal
Lebanon, TN