Lincoln Memorial University


Mountain Heritage Literary Festival Set for June 9-11



Harrogate, Tennessee, May 25, 2017—Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) will present the 12th annual Mountain Heritage Literary Festival (MHLF) June 9-11 on its main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee. Author Mark Powell will be featured as the keynote speaker.

The MHLF celebrates Appalachian tradition, storytelling and the legacy of LMU’s rich literary heritage. Among the iconic writers who have lived and been inspired at LMU are James Still, Jesse Stewart, Don West, Emma Bell Miles and MHLF founding director Silas House. The Festival also features classes and sessions with some of the most acclaimed fiction and nonfiction writers, poets, playwrights and songwriters from the region. The MHLF is co-directed by LMU Writer-in-Residence Darnell Arnoult and LMU alumnus Denton Loving, a poet and author. 

Powell’s appearance comes on the eve of the release of his latest novel Small Treasons (Gallery Books, $24.99). He has been hailed as 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 Small Treasons, The Sheltering, The Dark Corner, Blood Kin and Prodigals. 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. He holds degrees from Yale Divinity School, the University of South Carolina and the Citadel. He is a member of the faculty of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Powell has been a member of the MHLF faculty for several years and has taught at the Hindman Settlement School’s Appalachian Writers Workshop.

Poet Pam Duncan will serve as Festival Writer-in-Residence once again, and author Amy Wright will serve as the Emma Bell Miles lecturer. Marie Manilla and Jim Minick will lead the fiction workshops while creative nonfiction leaders will be Sonja Livingston and Chris Martin. Poetry staff members include Pauletta Hansel and William Kelley Woolfitt. The keynote musicians will be Nashville recording artists Wild Ponies, comprised of Telisha and Douglas Williams. Michael Henson will provide music at the keynote dinner. 

Registration for MHLF is open. Visit for more information or contact Arnoult by email at or by phone at 423.869.7170.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies.  The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at



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