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Arnoult Honored by Morehead State University


Harrogate, Tennessee, November 6, 2017—Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Writer-in-Residence Darnell Arnoult received the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Achievement in Appalachian Wring from Morehead State University on Thursday, September 28, 2017.

Arnoult was presented the award during a ceremony and book reading held at CoffeeTree Books in Morehead, Kentucky. The Chaffin Award is awarded annually through MSU’s English Department to give students the opportunity to interact with a published author writing for the region. Arnoult is the 22nd recipient of the award, joining illustrious writers including LMU alumnus James Still, Donald Ray Pollock, Crystal Wilkinson, George Ella Lyon and Scott McClanahan.

The Chaffin jury received more than 100 submissions for the 2017 prize. Arnoult was honored for her latest book, Galaxie Wagon, a collection of poems that navigates the territory of middle age to find humor, heartbreak and wisdom in a phase of life where the body begins to betray itself, yet romance is still possible and childhood dreams are still attainable. She is also the author of What Travels With Us, a book of poems, and the novel Sufficient Grace. Short stories and essays by Arnoult have appeared in publications including, Southwest Review, Now and Then, Southern Exposure and Appalachian Heritage. Arnoult is a past recipient of the Weatherford Award for Appalachian Literature, SIBA Poetry Book of the Year, Mary Frances Hobson Medal for Arts and Letters and was recognized by the Tennessee Writers Alliance as the 2007 Tennessee Writer of Year.

Arnoult holds a master of fine arts 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. She received a master of art in English and Creative Writing from North Carolina State and a bachelor of art in American Studies with a concentration Southern Folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied with Lee Smith.

Arnoult was born in Martinsville, Virginia, with aspirations of being a cowgirl almost immediately. Growing up in Virginia, she lived and worked in North Carolina for 20 years before moving to Tennessee in 1999. Following her marriage to William Brock, in 2000, she became a full-time writer.

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