Our Publisher & Editors


Bob Jolley – Publisher

Dr. Robert Jolley, MD is a native South Carolinian who grew up in Spartanburg County. A graduate of the University of SC and the Medical University of SC, he served as chief resident at Georgetown Medical in Washington, DC before returning to his home state to practice medicine in the SC Midlands. Today he works in underserved emergency centers throughout the southeast. Jolley founded Muddy Ford Press in 2011 with his wife, Cindi Boiter, for the express purpose of providing SC-based literary talent the opportunity to engage in a juried publication experience in order to disseminate their work as well as preserve it for posterity by submitting it to the US Library of Congress. Dr. Jolley is an avid Gamecock sports fan, an aficionado of classic rock music, and a seasoned traveler. His favorite literary genre is the history of war. He is the father of two daughters and the grandfather of one grandchild who affectionately refers to him as Dockie.

Ed Madden – Poetry Editor

Literary arts editor for Jasper Magazine and poetry editor for Muddy Ford Press, Ed Madden is a professor of English at the University of South Carolina and also currently the Director of the USC Women’s and Gender Studies Program. He is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Ark (2016), a memoir in poems about his father’s last months in home hospice care. In 2015, he was named the Poet Laureate for the City of Columbia, the first city laureate in the state of South Carolina, a position he holds until the end of 2022. In 2019, Dr. Madden was
named a Laureate Fellow by the Academy of American Poets and he received an artist’s residency at the Instituto Sacatar in Itaparica, Brazil.

Cindi Boiter – Editor

An instructor of sociology and women’s and gender studies for more than 25 years at the University of SC, Cindi founded Jasper Magazine in 2011, the same year she and her husband founded Muddy Ford Press. MFP initially served as an underwriter for Jasper until, in 2016, the Jasper Project was formed as a non-profit collaborative arts engineering organization. In addition to editing Jasper for 10 years and Fall Lines for 8 years, Cindi has edited, co-edited, and/or contributed to nine books of essays, most recently Setting the Supper Table and Sheltered: SC Artists Respond to the Pandemic. She is the author of a collection of short stories called Buttered Biscuits, and a collaborator with the artist Alejandro Garcia Lemos on the art book, Red Social. She is a six-time winner of the SC Fiction Project, a winner of the Porter Fleming Award, a fellow with the SC Academy of Authors, the winner of the 2014 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts, and the 2018 recipient of the Lucy Hampton Bostick Award.

Bob, Cindi, Ed and Al Black sitting together at an event.