Oliver Spivey earned his BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (2011) and his MA from North Carolina State University (2013). Spivey is currently a PhD candidate in literature at Oklahoma State University. His interests include tragedy and the tragic vision in American fiction, the works of Melville and Hawthorne, British literature, traditional humanistic criticism, close reading and aesthetics, and classic cinema. Spivey is the recipient of several awards and scholarships, including The Jeffrey Walker Early American Studies Scholarship (OSU), the 2011 North Carolina College Media Association Award for poetry (third place), and the Grace Loving Gibson Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in English (UNCP). His critical writings have appeared in such outlets as Areo Magazine, VoegelinView, and The University Bookman. He lives with his wife, Jessica, and son, Nathaniel, in Stillwater, Oklahoma.