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Creative Writing Festival

Department of Literature and Language

Keynote Speaker

Silas House

Silas House

The Mockingbird, East Tennessee State University's student-created art and literature magazine, presents our seventh annual Robert "Jack" Higgs reading as part of the ETSU Creative Writing Festival. Professor Higgs, among many notable achievements at ETSU, served as the first faculty sponsor of The Mockingbird.

This year, we are pleased to present Silas House. His reading will be the final event of this spring's Creative Writing Festival.

Silas House is the nationally bestselling author of five novels—Clay's Quilt (2001), A Parchment of Leaves (2003), The Coal Tattoo (2005), Eli the Good (2009), and Southernmost, 2018; with Neela Vaswani, he co-authored the novel Same Sun Here (2012), and with Jason Howard, he co-authored a book of creative nonfiction, Something's Rising (2009). He has written three plays, The Hurting Part (2005), This Is My Heart for You (2012), and In These Fields (co-authored with Sam Gleaves, 2016). His work frequently appears in The New York Times and Salon. He is a former commentator for NPR's All Things Considered. His writing has appeared in Oxford American, Narrative, Blackbird, Newsday, as well as in anthologies such as Best Food Writing, 2015 and New Stories from the South, The Year's Best: 2004. House serves on the fiction faculty at the Spalding MFA in Creative Writing and as the NEH Chair at Berea College.

Click here to hear House read from his latest novel, Southernmost.

Visit the author's website here.

 Photo Credit: Tasha Thomas

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