Creative Writing Minor

Welcome to the website for the East Tennessee State University Minor in Creative Writing.  We're pleased to offer students rigorous and diverse coursework in fiction and poetry, as well as a variety of electives in drama, creative nonfiction and screenwriting. Over the years we've been proud to host many great writers on campus, including Tayari Jones, Ron Rash, Fred Chappell, James Dickey, Cris Mazza, Li-Young Lee, Robert Bausch and many others.

The minor is open to students majoring in any discipline.  We will update this space regularly with news on events and opportunities in creative writing here at ETSU and across the region.

Feel free to browse through the website, and please contact the Director of the Creative Writing Minor, , if you have any questions. 

Anthology Reading

On November 14th, poets from across East Tennessee gathered at the Carroll Reece Museum, ETSU, to celebrate the release of The Southern Poetry Anthology Volume VI: Tennessee

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The Southern Poetry Anthology Volume VI: Tennessee is available now. Volume VI is edited by Paul Ruffin, William Wright and our own Jesse Graves. Pick up a copy today and enjoy great poetry from across the state, including some fantastic work by writers right here in East Tennessee. You can find more information on the series website.

Jesse Graves' Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine has won the 2012 Weatherford Award for Poetry, presented by Berea College and the Appalachian Studies Association. This volume has also won the Appalachian Book of the Year Award, Poetry Category, from the Appalachian Writers Association. Graves has also won the New Faculty Award from the College of Arts & Sciences for the 2011-2012 academic year. His poem, "The Kingdom of the Dead," has been featured in the online edition of The Missouri Review.  Find out more on his website.




Wednesday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Ball Hall Auditorium
Reception and book signing to follow

Don Johnson is a professor and poet in residence at ETSU, where he has been on the faculty for over thirty years. Two-time winner of the Ruth Berrien Fox Award from the New  England Poetry Club and recipient of a Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Award, Johnson recently published his fourth volume of poetry, More Than Heavy Rain.

The first event in Literati's Prominent Poets Series features ETSU's own Dr. Jesse Graves along with author and editor William Wright. There is to be a roundtable discussion with the poets on Thursday, April 3rd at 2:15 pm in the Culp Dining Room 3, located on the 3rd floor of the D.P. Culp Center. Following the roundtable, at 5:00 p.m. the poets will host a reading in the Reece Museum. This event is free and open to the public. There will be a reception with refreshments after the reading at the Reece Museum.

Jesse Graves is the author of two books of poetry, including Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine and Basin Ghosts. He has won the Weatherford Award, the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award, and the Appalachian Writers Association's Book of the Year Award in Poetry. He is the co-editor with William Wright for The Southern Poetry Anthology.

William Wright is the author of seven collections of poetry and four full-length books. He is an advisory and contributing editor for Shenandoah and a web columnist for Oxford American. He is the winner of the 2012 Porter Fleming Prize in Literature. He is the founding editor of The Southern Poetry Anthology series.