Lincoln Memorial University



Friday, 9 June 2017

11 a.m.-2 p.m.  Registration —Abraham Lincoln Library & Museum (Museum)

Stop here to complete registration and to pick up residence hall keys.  Don't forget to sign up for the participant readings.  Time slots are limited.


2-2:30 p.m.  Official Welcome —Arnold Auditorium, Museum

Darnell Arnoult opens the festival with some instructions and thoughts to prepare you for the weekend.


2:45-3:35 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions (Choose one)

Session 1: Dialogue for the Stage: Developing Characters' Voices – This workshop explores improvisational writing exercises and techniques to improve developing dialogue in playwriting  and assistance in breaking though writers block. LMU Assistant Professor of Theatre Joe Gill will lead this workshop—Avery 111


Session 2: West Virginia Writers Anthology— Ron Houchin, Marie Manilla and William Kelley Woolfitt will read and discuss a new anthology featuring West Virginia writers—Avery 213


Session 3: Gift of Dysfunction: Young Women Writers Discuss Family as Inspiration and Material –Featuring Wendy Dinwiddie, Melissa Helton, and Sarah Key—Avery 114


4:00-5:00 p.m.  Concurrent Master Classes

-Fiction with Marie Manilla —Avery Hall

-Fiction with Jim Minick  —Avery Hall

-Poetry with Pauletta Hansel  —Avery Hall

-Poetry with William Kelley Woolfitt  —Avery Hall

-Nonfiction with Sonja Livingston  —Avery Hall

-Nonfiction with Christopher Martin —Avery Hall


6:00-6:50 p.m.  Keynote Supper —University Dining Hall

Enjoy a delicious home-style supper.


6:50-7:30 p.m.  Keynote Address & Tribute Concert  — Campus Center Cafeteria

We’re honored for Mark Powell to deliver this year’s keynote address.  Mark Powell has been called the "best Appalachian novelist of his generation" by Ron Rash, and a writer "on the verge of greatness" by Pat Conroy. He is the author of five novels, including Echolocation, forthcoming from Tyrus/Simon & Schuster in June, 2017. His other novels are Prodigals, Blood Kin, The Dark Corner, and The Sheltering. Powell has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Breadloaf and Sewanee Writers' Conferences, and in 2014 was a Fulbright Fellow to Slovakia. In 2009 he received the Chaffin Award for contributions to Appalachian literature. Michael Henson will perform this year’s keynote music.


7:45-8:30 p.m.  Writer's Market/Book Signing  — Campus Center Cafeteria

Bring your books or buy new ones from us. Mark Powell 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.


Saturday, 10 June 2017

7-9 a.m.  Early Morning Hike

Meet your guide Tony Maxwell at the cafeteria 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 awakening you to the natural beauty of the Cumberland mountains. If time permits, the morning will include a visit to the Pinnacle Overlook.  Breakfast bags will be provided. (Rain or shine).


8:15-8:45 a.m.  Breakfast  — Campus Center Cafeteria

A full Southern breakfast.  Come hungry.


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

-Fiction with Marie Manilla —Avery Hall

-Fiction with Jim Minick  —Avery Hall

-Poetry with Pauletta Hansel  —Avery Hall

-Poetry with William Kelley Woolfitt  —Avery Hall

-Nonfiction with Sonja Livingston  —Avery Hall

-Nonfiction with Christopher Martin —Avery Hall


12:15-1:15 p.m.  Awards Dinner  — Campus Center Cafeteria

Join us for a delicious lunch topped off by our 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.  Emma Bell Miles  Lecture  — Campus Center Cafeteria

Writing the Land: Appalachian Women Writers on Nature—Emma Bell Miles, Annie Dillard, and Barbara Kingsolver have distinctive voices and approaches to writing about nature, but they share an underlying sense of the importance of a distinctly Appalachian ecological heritage. Amy Wright will deliver this year’s Emma Bell Miles Lecture. 


2-2:50 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions (Choose one)

Session 1: Writing to Heal—The artist Georges Braque wrote, “Art is a wound turned into light,” and the poet Mark Doty asked, “What is healing but a shift in perspective?” In this workshop, we’ll explore a specific set of writing exercises you can use to expand your capacity for healing or simply to deepen your writing practice. Abigail DeWitt will facilitate this workshop.—Avery 114


Session 2: New Books Reading— Featuring Michael Henson, Ron Houchin, Melanie Hutsell, Rita Quillen and Dana Wildsmith—Avery 203


Session 3: Publication Panel – Editors discuss their publications and answer your publication questions.  Featuring Rick Huard from Ohio University Press, Danielle Kelly from HeartWood, a literary magazine published in association with the Low-Residency MFA at West Virginia Wesleyan College, and Anna Schachner from Chattahoochee Review—Avery 111


3:10-4:40 p.m.  Front Porch Talk  —Carnegie Vincent Library

Readings by Pauletta Hansel, Sonja Livingston, Marie Manilla, Christopher Martin, Jim Minick and William Kelley Wollfitt. Followed by Q&A where you can ask the writers anything you'd like to know about their writing lives.


5:00-6:00 p.m.  Participant Readings  —Avery 114

Those who signed up at registration will be able to read short pieces of their work at this optional event.


6:30-7:30 p.m.  Supper  —Campus Center Cafeteria

Join us for a traditional Appalachian supper. 


8-9 p.m.  Wild Ponies in Concert —Arnold Auditorium, Museum

We’re thrilled to welcome Nashville based WILD PONIES duo DOUG and TELISHA WILLIAMS, originally from Henry County, Virginia, to perform at LMU.  Their music bucks and rumbles through songs that pull from all manner of sources, poetic tweens, Catawba trees, homophobic politicians, dying small towns, and tarot cards. The tie that binds them all together is the thread of moments and memories, of cycles and seasons, that make up a life well-lived. M Music and Musicians Magazine says, "Wild Ponies swing emotional wrecking balls with great delicacy." No Depression says, "Wild Ponies just might be Americana’s new dark horses.”


Sunday, 11 June 2017

8:45-9:30 a.m.  Light Breakfast/Checkout  — Campus Center Cafeteria

We'll have a light breakfast of fruits, pastries, juices and coffee near the festival tent.  Please return your room keys at this time.


10-10:30 a.m.  Singing in the Chapel  —Elizabeth D. Chinnock Chapel on the Quad

A closing fellowship of music and song to set us on our travels led by Thomas Alan Holmes.




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