Justin Evans is the author of three full length collections of poetry and four chapbooks of poetry. Hobble Creek Almanac (Aldrich Press, 2013);Town for the Trees (Foothills Publishing, 2011); Sailing This Nameless Ship (BlazeVOX, 2014), and Lake of Fire: Landscape Meditations from the Great Basin Deserts of Nevada(Aldrich Press, 2015). A fifth full length collection, All the Brilliant Ideas I've Ever Had is forthcoming from Foothills Publishing. He is also the author of a chapbook of political humor, which took the form of letters written to Karl Rove in late 2004 and early 2005, titled, Dear Mr. Rove: 32 Letters to Karl Rove (Imbecile Press, 2008). Justin was born and raised in Utah at the base of the Wasatch Rockies. After graduating from high school in 1987 and finding nothing better to do in the following year, he joined the United States Army in 1988, where he served in various domestic and foreign locations. After leaving the military in 1992 Justin returned to Utah and began to go to college where he participated in plays, the college newspaper's editorial board, and the student literary journal. He married in 1993, briefly lived in San Diego, and then returned to Utah, where he completed his undergraduate studies in History and English Education at Southern Utah University. After, Justin began his student teaching and taught a semester at Utah Valley State College (now UVU) as an adjunct in the English department. Soon after, he and his family relocated to rural Nevada where he began teaching in a Junior/Senior high school. In 2004, Justin completed a Master's Degree in Literacy Studies at University of Nevada, Reno. He is married to the artist Becky Lee Evans, and together they have three sons.
In addition to teaching, Justin Evans has been nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship (1996); awarded the Main-Traveled Roads 2004 Chapbook Award; nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize (2005, 2015); received an honorable mention from the Nevada Arts Council (2008); a 2012 Jackpot Grant from The Nevada Arts Council; and has been nominated for the Sundress Best of the Net Awards (2010). Justin was the editor of the now defunct Hobble Creek Review.