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The Mountain Heritage Literary Festival
June 13-15, 2014

This schedule from 2013 will give participants an idea of the MHLF format. We will post the 2014 tentative schedule prior to the event.

Friday, 14 June 2013

8:30-9 a.m.- Registration for Pre-conference Teacher Workshop, Rm. 124, Bus-Ed Bldg., LMU Campus

9 a.m.-noon-Pre-conference Teacher Workshop, same location, led by Lucinda McKeithen

11-2 p.m.- Registration-Abraham Lincoln Library & Museum
Stop here for your packets and residence hall keys.

2-2:30 p.m.- Official Welcome- Arnold Auditorium, Abraham Lincoln Library & Museum

2:45-3:35 p.m.- Concurrent Sessions (Choose one)
  • Who speaks, to whom, and at what distance?
    Learn about the relationship between point of view and psychic distance, and see how these questions of perspective inform plot and character in fiction. Session led by Jon Sealy.  Avery 111
  • Place: Literal and Psychological Landscapes
    In this session two facilitators will speak to the role of place in poetry. Place is found in both the physical and the psychological settings. Often the literal and psychological are intertwined, working together to support the essence of the poem. Participants will receive poems that are superb examples of the use of place, and will leave with an opportunity to draft their own "place" poems.  Presenters are Christopher Martin and Rosemary Royston. Avery 213
  • Grassroots Women Publish
    Because urban women have many more literary opportunities than do rural women, publisher Kate Larken (MotesBooks) unveils a new opportunity for progressive women writers and visual artists from rural areas. Besides publishing women who write from a rural perspective, this feminist project also offers rare mentoring opportunities though which literary women can learn to be editors in order to nurture a culture with more equitable gender balance in media leadership. The project prioritizes teaching women to take artistic/literary/visual/activist work created by rural women from concept to publication, using collaborative models rather than competitive ones. Any time progressive, enlightened, rural women are empowered to present their ideas and experiences in a professional literary context, stereotypes are exploded. Join a discussion of the potential of this new Grassroots Women literary movement. Find your place within it. Avery 203

4:00-5:00 p.m.-Concurrent Master Classes-- Session 1: Writing Prompts

  • Poetry with Aaron Smith-Avery 213
  • Fiction with Meredith Sue Willis-Avery 111
  • Nonfiction with David Joy-Avery 203
  • Writing for young Adults with Connie Jordan Green-Avery 201
5:15-6:15 p.m.- Front Porch Talk-Arnold Auditorium, Lincoln Library & Museum
Readings by Meredith Sue Willis, Aaron Smith, David Joy and Connie Jordan Green. Followed by Q&A where you can ask the writers anything you'd like to know about their writing lives.

6:30-7:30 p.m.-Supper-University Dining Hall

8-9:30 p.m.-Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gulley in Concert-Arnold Auditorium, Abraham Lincoln Library & Museum
We’re thrilled to welcome International Bluegrass Music Association four-time Female Vocalist of the Year Dale Anne Bradley, along with founding member of the bluegrass group Mountain Heart Steve Gulley.  This will be a show you don’t want to miss!

Saturday, 15 June 2013
7:30-9 a.m.-Early Morning Hike-Meeting in Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum parking lot.
Meet your guide, Tony Maxwell, at the parking lot. A van will be available to take hikers on a short two-mile drive to the Daniel Boone trailhead where you'll start a peaceful, easy hike to the saddle of the Cumberland Gap on the actual Wilderness Road, cut by Daniel Boone in the late 1700s. This quiet and inspirational walk is perfect for waking up your writing mind and discovering your Appalachian heritage. Breakfast bags will be provided. (Rain or shine).

8:15-8:45 a.m.- Breakfast-University Dining Hall
A full Southern breakfast. Come hungry.

9:45-11:45 a.m.-Concurrent Master Classes: Session 2

  • Poetry with Aaron Smith-Avery 213
  • Fiction with Meredith Sue Willis-Avery 111
  • Nonfiction with David Joy-Avery 203
  • Writing for young Adults with Connie Jordan Green-Avery 201
12:15-1:15 p.m.-Awards Dinner-University Dining Hall
Join us for a delicious lunch topped off by our literary contest award announcements. Awards will be given for the short story, poetry, essay and children's writing contests that are sponsored every year by the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival.

1:15-1:45 p.m.-James Still Lecture by Lucinda McKeithen. - University Dining Hall
Introduction by Darnell Arnoult

Lucinda MacKethan is the Alumni Distinguished Professor of English Emerita at North Carolina State University. For nearly 40 years she taught courses in Writing and Southern and African American literature and also served as director of both the creative writing and the teacher education programs. She is the author or editor of six books, including Daughters of Time: Creating Women’s Voice in Southern Story and the co-edited Companion to Southern Literature, which was named a “Best Reference Work” by the American Library Association. She now leads online seminars for the National Humanities Center’s teacher enrichment programs and is senior consultant for the NEH award winning website Scribblingwomen.org.  She also lectures locally and nationally on southern, Appalachian, and African American literature.

2-2:50 p.m.-Concurrent Sessions, choose one:

  • The Exact Worth of a Picture, in Words—This session will help writers explore their own visual history, their own sense of what they “look like” as a writer and the interface between word and picture in their work and their lives. Graphic novels, illustrated books, book cover design, high art and film adaptations of beloved books will be discussed-Avery 111
  • The Perfect Marriage: Writing Picture Books with Purpose—Authors Candida Sullivan and Anne Shelby talk about how they came to write picture books and what they each wanted to accomplish as writers in this medium. This conversation about writing will focus on writing for an audience that includes young people, as well as adults-Avery 213
  • Authors and Independent Booksellers Go Hand in Hand -Join bookstore owners Flossie McNabb Sonneland (Union Avenue Books in Knoxville, Tennessee) and Wendy Welch (Tales of the Lonesome Pine Used Books in Big Stone Gap, Virginia) for a conversation about how independent booksellers are reinventing themselves and what role the local author has in finding mutual success. Wendy Welch will also read from her book, The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap-Avery 203
3:10-4:50 p.m.-Precious Memories-Arnold Auditorium, Lincoln Library & Museum
MHLF is honored to host the first official performance of Si Kahn’s stage production, Precious Memories, starring old time banjo player Sue Massek of the Reel World String Band as Bell County, Kentucky, traditional singer and union songwriter Sarah Ogan Gunning.  Part memory play, part eulogy, part concert, this one-woman show written by legendary folk singer and community organizer Si Kahn traces the life of Sarah Ogan Gunning, an unsung hero of American folk/labor music history.  The play finds Sarah alone in her Detroit basement apartment on the evening after her sister Aunt Molly Jackson's funeral, as she attempts to set the record straight and say goodbye.  Although Sarah Ogan Gunning is a name almost unknown to us today, her powerful songs about the coal mining region of Eastern Kentucky in the 1930's were an influence on Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and other famous folk singers of her day.

5:00-6:00 p.m.-Participant Readings- Avery 111
Participants will be able to read short pieces of their work (up to 5 minutes each) at this optional event. Be sure to get your name on the sign-up sheet at the registration table on Friday. Larry Thacker will moderate.

6:30-7:20 p.m.-Keynote Supper-University Dining Hall
Enjoy a delicious home-style supper.

7:20-8:00 p.m.-Keynote Address and Tribute Concert- University Dining Hall
We’re honored to have Joseph Bathanti return this year to the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival. He and this year’s tribute musician Kate Larken have planned a special program. We are delighted to bring Joseph back this year and to celebrate his new role as North Carolina Poet Laureate, a well-deserved honor for a fabulous writer and teacher.

8:15-9:00 p.m.-Writer's Market/Book and CD signing-University Dining Hall Bring your books, or buy new ones from us. Joseph Bathanti and all staff members will be available for our grand finale book-signing event, as well as some of our distinguished published authors and editors. While you wait, you can browse around George Brosi’s Appalachian Bookstore.

Sunday, 16 June 2013
8:45-9:30 a.m.-Light Breakfast/Checkout-Dining Hall
We'll have a light breakfast of fruits, pastries, juices and coffee. Please return your room keys at this time.

9:30-10:45 a.m.- What’s in Your Writer’s Toolbox?
Author Platform, Brand, Website, Social Media – don’t know where to start, what is a good fit, or why you should consider any of it? Join Sudie LeGray for an examination of toolbox options and decide what is best for you!. Avery 203

11-11:30 a.m.-Hymn Singing- Festival Tent
Anne Shelby will lead us in an ecumenical closing fellowship of hymn-singing, silent prayer and a message of hope to set us on our travels.

Before leaving the Cumberland Gap area, we suggest you explore the national park, where you can hike (easy trails close by or the lengthy and beautiful White Rocks Trail is about 10 miles away at Rose Hill, VA), spelunk at the Gap Cave or Sand Cave, go back in time at the Hensley Settlement, visit the museum and artisan store at the visitor's center, or view three states from the Pinnacle Overlook.  There is too much to do to pass it up.  For more information, visit www.nps.gov/cuga.

The 2013 and 2014 Mountain Heritage Literary Festivals are sponsored in part by a grant from the East Tennessee Foundation.

Lincoln Memorial University
Cumberland Gap Parkway
P.O. Box 2005
Harrogate, TN 37752

423.869.6432 or 800.325.0900, ext. 6432