Writers/Contributors

Alan Sherrod (Editor, Classical/New Music, Theatre)

Arts Knoxville was created by Alan Sherrod in 2014 following the closure of the alternative weekly Metro Pulse, a publication where he had been the classical music writer since 2007. He was the classical and new music writer for the Knoxville Mercury from its launch in March 2015 until its closure in July 2017. He has also contributed music content to the Nashville Scene and other publications around the U.S, including the website, Classical Journal. Mr. Sherrod was a recipient of a 2010 Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts — the Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera — under the auspices of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Andrew Swafford (Film)

In addition to writing for Arts Knoxville, Andrew Swafford regularly contributes as one of the founding members of Cinematary, a Knoxille-based collective of film critics creating podcasts, critical writing, and video essays since 2014. Andrew also teaches literature and writing for Knox County Schools and has previously been selected to serve as a panelist for Knox Public Library’s “Books Sandwiched In” discussions. On the side, Andrew is a producer of ambient music: his album Synth Tests can be found on BandCamp.

Spencer Trent (Film)

Spencer Trent is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee in English and American Studies. He received several accolades for his writing during his time at UT, and he has previously contributed to Blank Newspaper and the Phoenix Literary Arts Magazine. His greatest achievement thus far was enjoying gin and tonics with Cormac McCarthy in the New Mexico desert.