What Is Deer Bear Wolf?

Deer Bear Wolf is a non-profit organization that supports and empowers Atlanta creatives.

Current Projects:

Emergency Assistance to Artists

We seek to award grants to provide emergency assistance in the case of unanticipated hardships. It is imperative to protect emerging artists from life emergencies that they are uniquely susceptible to, including medical hardship, financial hardship, and loss of equipment necessary to their creative ventures.

Musician Grants

This grant is available to independent Atlanta musicians across genres for recording or tour assistance, merchandising, and marketing. The grant will be one of the first of its kind in Atlanta to offer monetary support to emerging and mid-career musicians, enabling them to continue producing their own work.


Transgression is a live, immersive literary series that teams up creatives from various disciplines, including writers, artists, musicians, and actors. Transgression was named “Best Way to See Literary Characters Come to Life” by Creative Loafing in 2015.

Deer Bear Wolf Magazine Issue #5

Deer Bear Wolf Magazine is a periodical that chronicles and showcases work by Atlanta-based artists, writers, photographers, journalists, and other creatives. Deer Bear Wolf was voted “Best Local Zine” in 2015 and “Best Local Lit Publisher” in 2015 & 2016.



Executive Director: Elizabeth Jarrett

Elizabeth Jarrett is a curator, artist, and designer born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She was a founding member of The Collective Project, Inc, the first resident theater company at The Goat Farm Arts Center and was a participant of The Millennial Trains Project in 2014, where she traveled via rail around the country researching public art in various cities. She graduated with a BA in Theater and Performance Studies from Kennesaw State University and continues to design and produce work around town. Elizabeth now works as Executive Director for Deer Bear Wolf.

Curator: John Carroll

John Carroll is a web solutions and marketing consultant for a New York Times bestselling author. He is the founder of the online creative community, Make Blackout Poetry. His work has been featured in Teen Vogue magazine and at Tedx. In 2015, He won a best of Creative Loafing award for Best Community-Sourced Poetry. His first chapbook, Slow Burn, was released in 2013. It sold out in 36 hours. His second book, Hidden Messages of Hope sold out in 2016 and is being reissued by London poetry press, Eyewear Publishing.

Curator: Laura Relyea

Laura Relyea is Executive Editor of ArtsATL. Her book, All Glitter, Everything, a collection of flash prose, was released by Deer Bear Wolf in March 2015. A portion of the book was included in the 2015 &Now Experimental Fiction Anthology, released biennially by the University of Notre Dame. Her essays, reviews, poems, and features have been published in The Bitter Southerner, Thought Catalog, Monkey Bicycle, Necessary Fiction, and elsewhere. Her book criticism has been published in PASTE, Fanzine, and Vouched Books. She was previously the Managing Editor of Scoutmob, and the Editor & Chief of Vouched Books. Relyea received a BA in Telecommunications and Creative Writing from Ball State University.

Board of Directors:

President: Davy Minor

Vice President: Deisha Millar

Secretary: John Seay

Treasurer: Melissa Darrow