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The Mountain Heritage Literary Festival
June 13-15, 2014

2014 Staff


KEYNOTE ADDRESS. George Singleton has published five collections of stories—These People Are Us, The Half-Mammals of Dixie, Why Dogs Chase Cars, Drowning in Gruel, and Stray Decorum.  His two novels are Novel and Workshirts for Madmen, and his one book of writing advice is Pep Talks, Warnings, and Screeds.  Singleton’s nearly 200 published short stories have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Book, Playboy, Zoetrope, Georgia Review, Southern Review, Five Points, Oxford American, North American Review, New England Review, Fiction International, Ecotone, Virginia Quarterly Review, Carolina Quarterly, and elsewhere.  His work has been anthologized in ten issues of New Stories of the South—the Year’s Best, plus in a number of other anthologies as varied as Best Food Writing 2005 to Dog Is My Co-Pilot to Who Can Save Us Now?  Essays about his work have appeared in Still in Print and Behind the Short Story, among other books.  His non-fiction has appeared in Oxford American, Garden and Gun, Bark, and elsewhere. A 2009-10 Guggenheim fellowship recipient, Singleton received the 2011 Hillsdale Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and was inducted in the South Carolina Academy of Authors in 2010.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution labeled him “the unchallenged king of the comic southern short story,” and the New York Times Book Review noted “Singleton’s hilarious insights come early and often.”  He holds the John C. Cobb Endowed Chair in the Humanities at Wofford College, in Spartanburg, SC, and his new collection of stories, Between Wrecks, will be available in May, 2014.


NONFICTION MASTER CLASS. Karen Salyer McElmurray’s Surrendered Child: A Birth Mother’s Journey, was an AWP Award Winner for Creative Nonfiction.  Her novels are The Motel of the Stars, Editor’s Pick by Oxford American, and Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven, winner of the Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing.  Other stories and essays have appeared in Iron Horse, Kenyon Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Riverteeth, and in the anthologies An Angle of Vision; To Tell the Truth; Fearless Confessions; Listen Here; Dirt; Family Trouble; and Red Holler.  Her writing has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women.  Most recently, her essay, “Strange Tongues,” was the recipient of the Annie Dillard Award from The Bellingham Review. In Spring 2014, she will be the Lewis Rubin Writer-in-Residence at Hollins University.  


FICTION MASTER CLASS. Susan Tekulve is the author of In the Garden of Stone, winner of the 2012 South Carolina First Novel Award and a 2013 SIBA “Okra Award.”   She’s also published three short story collections: Savage Pilgrims, Wash Day and My Mother’s War Stories.  Her stories and essays have appeared in such journals as Shenandoah, The Georgia Review, New Letters, Best New Writing 2007, The Indiana Review, Denver Quarterly, Puerto del Sol, and Prairie Schooner. She has been awarded a Sewanee Writers’ Conference Scholarship and a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Scholarship.  An Associate Professor of English, she teaches in the BFA and MFA in creative writing programs at Converse College.


POETRY MASTER CLASS. William Wright is author of seven collections of poetry: three full length books, including Tree Heresies (Mercer University Press, forthcoming), Night Field Anecdote, Bledsoe, and Dark Orchard. Wright’s chapbooks are Sleep Paralysis, Winner of the South Carolina Poetry Initiative Prize, selected by Kwame Dawes, Xylem & Heartwood, forthcoming from Finishing Line Press, and The Ghost Narratives. Wright is Series Editor and Volume Co-editor of The Southern Poetry Anthology, a multivolume series celebrating contemporary writing of the American South, published by Texas Review Press. Additionally Wright serves as a contributing editor for Shenandoah, a contributing web columnist for Oxford American, translates German poetry, and is editing three volumes, including Grit Po: Rough South Poetry (with Daniel Cross Turner). Wright won the 2012 Porter Fleming Prize in Literature.


SONGWRITING MASTER CLASS. Adam Burrows is a singer/songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee.  His songs reflect his small town upbringing and draw the listener in by celebrating life's everyday moments and embracing those that are fleeting. His lyrics capture the beauty of easy conversation, and his characters remain with you like old friends. Adam's stories touch his listener simply but deeply, evoking emotions and images of less complicated times. His recollections of hope and heartache are framed by percussive finger-picking and catchy melodies, melodies you will find yourself humming for days. Adam was nominated for The Deli Nashville’s Best of 2012 Poll for Emerging Artists. He has had radio play on Nashville's Lightning 100 and has been a featured local spot-light artist. Out of over 300 musicians, Adam was a top 8 finalist in Lightning 100's Music City Mayhem contest.  Adam plays well-known venues/events such as Nashville's Bluebird Cafe, Music City Roots, Musicians Corner, and Knoxville's Blue Plate Special on WDVX. Adam's newest album will be released in the fall of 2013, following up Tall Tales and Never One for Silence.


Anne Shelby is the author of nine books, including The Adventures of Molly Whuppie and Other Appalachian Folktales; Can A Democrat Get into Heaven? Politics, Religion and Other Things You Ain’t Supposed to Talk About; Appalachian Studies, a poetry collection; and a number of award-winning books for children. A teacher and storyteller, Shelby also wrote and performs the one-woman show, Lone Pilgrim: Songs and Stories of Aunt Molly Jackson. She lives in Clay County, Kentucky, where she is at work on the script for Homesong 2, a community play. 


WRITER IN RESIDENCE.  Pamela Duncan was born in Asheville and grew up in Black Mountain, Swannanoa, and Shelby, North Carolina. She holds a B.A. in journalism from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. in English and Creative Writing from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. She lives in Cullowhee, North Carolina, and teaches creative writing at Western Carolina University.  Her first novel, Moon Women, was a Southeastern Booksellers Association (now Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance) Award Finalist, and her second novel, Plant Life, won the 2003 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction. She is the recipient of the 2007 James Still Award for Writing about the Appalachian South, awarded by the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Her third novel, The Big Beautiful, was published in March 2007.


Marianne Worthington, a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, is a poet and educator living in Whitley County, Kentucky, since 1990. She is co-founder and poetry editor of Still: The Journal, an online literary journal as well as poetry editor for Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine. She is associate professor of communication and journalism at University of the Cumberlands. Her poetry chapbook, Larger Bodies Than Mine (Finishing Line Press, 2006), won the 2007 Appalachian Book of the Year in Poetry Award. She is editor of the first three MOTIF Anthology Series from MotesBooks.  Her essays, reviews, poetry and feature articles have been published widely and anthologized most recently in The Southern Poetry Anthology: Volume III Contemporary Appalachia and Volume  VI Tennessee, Cornbread Nation, and American Society: What Poets See. She received the Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council and was awarded the James Baker Hall Memorial Prize in Poetry, sponsored by New Southerner magazine. She taught nonfiction writing at the first annual Mountain Heritage Literary Festival.


CO-DIRECTOR.  Darnell Arnoult’s first book What Travels With Us: Poems was published in 2005. The collection received the 2005 Weatherford Award, was named 2006 Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Poetry Book of the Year and was a finalist for Appalachian Poetry Book of the Year in 2005. A novel Sufficient Grace followed in 2006. Sufficient Grace received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly and positive reviews from Book List, Kirkus, American Library Association and National Association of the Mentally Ill. It was selected for the Book Sense annual reading group list and nominated for several regional awards.  Additionally, Arnoult was honored as Tennessee Writer of the Year by the Tennessee Writers Alliance in 2007 and was awarded the Mary Frances Hobson Prize in Arts and Letters from Chowan University in 2009.  Arnoult was born in Martinsville, Va., and then lived and worked in North Carolina for 20 years before moving to Tennessee in 1999. She holds the MFA from the University of Memphis, where she held a Moss Fellowship and served as Senior Fiction Editor for the program’s award-winning literary journal The Pinch.


CO-DIRECTOR. Denton Loving’s fiction, poetry, essays and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in more than 50 magazines and journals including River Styx, Flyleaf, [PANK], Literal Latte, Appalachian Heritage, and Main Street Rag, as well as in numerous anthologies including Degrees of Elevation: Stories of Contemporary Appalachia.  In 2010, he received a summer writing fellowship from the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research.  In 2012, his work was selected by Margaret Atwood for her workshop in the Key West Literary Seminars.  He is currently pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont.  He serves as director of prospect research at Lincoln Memorial University and lives in Speedwell, Tennessee.

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

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