Lincoln Memorial University

Appalachian Reading Series

Fall 2017


Jill McCorkle & William Wright

Reading on Monday, October 16

4:00 PM


Brown-Bag Lunch, October 17


12:15 PM


Brooks Reading Room
Carnegie Vincent Library
LMU Campus
Harrogate, TN


Free and open to the public.


About the Authors

Jill McCorkleFive of Jill McCorkle’s books have been named New York Times notable books. McCorkle has received the New England Booksellers Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature and the North Carolina Award for Literature. She is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

Four of her stories have been tabbed for Best American Short Stories and several have been collected in New Stories from the South. Her short stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Ploughshares, The Oxford American, The Southern Review, Narrative Magazine and The American Scholar among others. Her story “Intervention” is included in the Norton Anthology of Short Fiction.  An essay, “Cuss Time,” originally published in The American Scholar was selected for Best American Essays.  Other essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Garden and Gun, Southern Living, Our State, Allure and Real Simple.

McCorkle has taught at UNC-Chapel Hill, Tufts, and Brandeis where she was the Fannie Hurst Visiting Writer. She was a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Fiction at Harvard for five years where she also chaired Creative Writing. She currently teaches creative writing in the MFA Program at NC State University and is a core faculty member of the Bennington College Writing Seminars. She is a frequent instructor in the Sewanee Summer Writers Program. She lives with her husband, photographer Tom Rankin, in Hillsborough, NC.



William WrightPoet and editor William Wright works as a freelance editor, writer, tutor, and writing workshop leader, and teaches poetry and poetics at Reinhardt University and (starting in fall of 2017) at Emory University. In spring of 2016  he served as Writer-in-Residence for The University of Tennessee. He lives in Marietta, Georgia, along with my beautiful wife, Michelle Wright, a fiction writer. 

He is founding editor of Town Creek Poetry and series editor of The Southern Poetry Anthology. His full-length books--published and forthcoming--are Self-Portrait as Late Autumn Frost (Iris Press, forthcoming), Specter Mountain (co-authored with Jesse Graves, forthcoming from Mercer University Press, 2018); Creeks of the Upper South (co-authored with Amy Wright--Jacar Press, 2016);Tree Heresies (Mercer University Press, 2015); Night Field Anecdote (Louisiana Literature, 2011); Bledsoe (Texas Review Press, 2011); and Dark Orchard (Texas Review Press, 2006). His chapbooks are April Creatures (Blue Horse Press, 2014); Xylem & Heartwood (Finishing Line, 2012); Sleep Paralysis (Winner of the South Carolina Initiative Prize, Stepping Stones Press, 2012); and The Ghost Narratives (Finishing Line, 2008). The Southern Poetry Anthology, published by Texas Review Press, now consists of seven volumes: South Carolina, Mississippi, Contemporary Appalachia, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. 

His writing has appeared in The Oxford AmericanPrairie Schooner​, The Kenyon ReviewCrab Orchard ReviewIndiana ReviewShenandoahThe Southern Poetry ReviewEpochAntioch Review, and many other journals. 

In 2016 he was named Georgia Author of the Year from the Georgia Writers Association and also received a prize from the Georgia Center for the Book naming the fifth volume of The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume V: Georgia (co-edited with Paul Ruffin) "a book all Georgians must read."

See resources below. For more information, contact Darnell Arnoult, LMU Writer-in-Residence, at [email protected]  


About the Appalachian Reading Series

The Appalachian Reading Series features authors who hail from or live in the region or are associated with areas of outmigration, or who write about or are inspired by Appalachia and Appalachian culture. It is an opportunity to celebrate the rich heritage of the area and inspire the next generation of Appalachian storytellers.


Funding and Assistance

This reading, lunch, and school visits are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Tennessee Arts Commission. The Appalachian Reading Series would also like to thank the authors, LMU Department of Literature & Languages, School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Wolfpen Writers, and Sigma Tau Delta for your generosity.


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Resources Related to the Authors


Jill McCorkle interview by Stacey Cochran for Raleigh Television Network program The Artist's Craft.

Here is a video of Jill talking about her most recent short story collection, Going Away Shoes, where she reads the story “Me and Bigfoot.”

Here’s her story “Intervention,” which was published in Ploughshares, and then collected in New Stories from the South: 2004, then collected Best of the South: From the Second Decade of New Stories from the South, ed. Shannon Ravenel, Algonquin Books, 2005, and is now in the Norton Anthology of Short Fiction.


Here are links to some of Will’s poems:




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