Lincoln Memorial University

Mountain Heritage Literary Festival
June 10-12, 2016

Dear Friends of the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival,

Denton Loving and I are so excited!  We are moving into the second decade of the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival here at LMU with gusto, a great staff and, as always, a few changes. I’m thinking of 2016 as the year of something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. 

Time inevitably brings change. This academic year Denton Loving left his position at LMU, but rest assured, he remains as involved with the festival as ever, standing side-by-side with me at the helm. I’m sure you are as relieved and grateful as I am that he continues to be involved!

Also, this year there is a deepening relationship between MHLF and the Appalachian Writers Association. AWA has such a rich history, and we are delighted to announce that anyone who registers for the 2016 MHLF will receive a one-year membership to AWA. We are particularly excited about supporting AWA in this way because the organization and the mentors we met through it were instrumental in our growth as young writers. We know many of you will feel the same way. 

Another change is LMU’s website redesign.  We love the new look and hope you do as well.  Now that we have the old URL redirecting to the new pages, we are quite pleased with the new look. We apologize for any confusion in finding the MHLF pages.

We have a wonderful staff lined up for this summer including Ed McClanahan as our guest writer-in-residence, a keynote by Georgia author Mary Hood, fiction instructors George Singleton and Crystal Wilkinson, poetry instructors Jesse Graves and Rose McLarney, and nonfiction instructor Jeremy B. Jones.  There will be a lot of interesting presentations, panels, readings, music and more, which you will know more about as we post the staff list of bios and the schedule.

The Cumberland Gap Writers Studio continues to grow, and this year will be no exception.  Writers who, after three days of inspiring workshops, panels, and presentations, want to stay and write all day and share their writing at night, have the opportunity to live in the LMU dorms, take advantage of the LMU facilities and Cumberland Gap area landscape, and write and share from Sunday until Friday. Helen Hemphill and Denton Loving will be on hand to facilitate the sharing sessions as CGWS writers-in-residence. Writers who attend both the festival and the studio will receive a discount. Come get inspired, then stay and continue to be creative!

For those of you interested in playwriting or strengthening your dialogue or scene development through a playwriting class, Lisa Soland will be teaching the Playwright Intensive workshop June 4-9 with an LMU 10-Minute Play Festival on Thursday evening. If you would like to start with the playwriting workshop and stay through MHLF, we can make your room available to you through both events.

Registration for MHLF is open now.  In the meantime, if you have any questions about our festival please feel free to contact or 423-869-7074 or Denton at | 615.715.3956. We hope to see you in Harrogate this June.

Darnell Arnoult with Denton Loving
Co-Directors, MHLF
Lincoln Memorial University
Cumberland Gap Parkway
P.O. Box 1643
Harrogate, TN 37752


423.869.3611 | 800.325.0900
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752