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Creative Writing Festival

Department of Literature and Language

Featured Presenters

Darnell ArnoultDarnell Arnoult, Writer-in-Residence at Lincoln Memorial University, received her MFA from the University of Memphis and MA from North Carolina State University.  She is the author of the novel Sufficient Grace and What Travels With Us: Poems, recipient of the 2005 Weatherford Award for Appalachian Literature. Her most recent book is Galaxie Wagon: Poems. Arnoult received the Mary Frances Hobson Medal for Arts and Letters and was named 2007 Tennessee Writer of the Year. She co-edits drafthorse: a literary journal of work and no work and co-directs the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival and the Appalachian Young Writers Workshop at LMU.




Robert GipeRobert Gipe is the author of the novel Trampoline (Ohio University, 2015), which won the 2016 Weatherford Award in Fiction from Berea College and the Appalachian Studies Association. He serves as the executive producer of the Higher Ground series of community performances in Harlan, Kentucky. Gipe is also director of the Appalachian Program at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in Cumberland, Kentucky. He grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee.




Amy WrightAmy Wright is the author of Everything in the Universe, Cracker Sonnets, and five chapbooks. Together with William Wright, she co-authored Creeks of the Upper South. She is also Nonfiction Editor of Zone 3 Press, and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Austin Peay State University. Her work has been awarded with an Individual Artist Grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission, a fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and two Peter Taylor Fellowships to the Kenyon Review Writer’s Workshop.




Will WrightWilliam Wright is author or editor of over twenty volumes, with several forthcoming from Mercer University Press, including New & Selected Poems and his collaborative book of poems (with Jesse Graves), Specter Mountain. He is series editor of The Southern Poetry Anthology, assistant editor of Shenandoah, and recently won Georgia Author of the Year for his book of poems, Tree Heresies, as well as's 7th annual poetry prize, judged by Eamon Grennan. His very recent work can be found in The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, and Oxford American. His most recent editions are (with Daniel Westover) two books focused on the work of Gerard Manley Hopkins.

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