Lincoln Memorial University


Friday, 10 June 2016

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: New Poetry ReadingDarnell Arnoult, Sue Weaver Dunlap, Linda Parsons and William Kelley Woolfitt will read from new publications—Avery 111


Session 2: New Fiction Reading— Mike Henson, Carrie Mullins and Keith Stewart will read from new and forthcoming publications—Avery 213


Session 3: Publication Panel – Four editors discuss their publications and answer your publication questions. Featuring Gillian Berchowitz from Ohio University Press, M. Scott Douglass from Main Street Rag Publishing, Jessica Martell from drafthorse literary journal, and Amy Wilson from Red Truck Review / Red Dirt Press—Avery 114


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

-Fiction with George Singleton —Avery 203
-Fiction with Crystal Wilkinson  —Avery 303
-Poetry with Rose McLarney  —Avery 114
-Poetry with Jesse Graves  —Avery 201
-Nonfiction with Jeremy Jones  —Avery 102


5:15-6:15 p.m.  Front Porch Talk  —Arnold Auditorium, Museum

Readings by Jesse Graves, Jeremy Jones, Ed McClanahan, Rose McLarney, George Singleton and Crystal Wilkinson. Followed by Q&A where you can ask the writers anything you'd like to know about their writing lives.


6:30-7:30 p.m.  Supper  —Campus Center, 3rd floor

Join us for a traditional Appalachian supper. 


8-9 p.m.  The Lonetones in Concert —Arnold Auditorium, Museum

We’re thrilled to welcome Knoxville band The Lonetones to perform at LMU.  They have been called Americana, Folk Rock, Indie Folk, Folk Pop, Modern Folk, Folkadelic. The Lonetones have developed into a genre-bending group that doesn't quite fit into any niche and instead feels right almost everywhere. Their performance is one you don’t want to miss.


Saturday, 11 June 2016

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, 3rd floor

A full Southern breakfast.  Come hungry.


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

-Fiction with George Singleton —Avery 203
-Fiction with Crystal Wilkinson  —Avery 303
-Poetry with Rose McLarney  —Avery 114
-Poetry with Jesse Graves  —Avery 201
-Nonfiction with Jeremy Jones  —Avery 102


12:15-1:15 p.m.  Awards Dinner  — Campus Center, 3rd floor

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.  Jesse Stuart Lecture  — Campus Center, 3rd floor

Charles Dodd White will deliver this year’s Jesse Stuart Lecture. More information to come.


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

Session 1: Lyric Writing WorkshopKate Larken and Belinda Smith will facilitate this workshop in lyric writing. No musical instruments are required. —Avery 114


Session 2: New Fiction ReadingRobert Gipe and Roger May in conversation—Avery 203


Session 3: Anthologies of Appalachia – Join anthology editors Charles Dodd White and Jesse Graves as they examine the purpose and benefit of past anthologies and consider what future anthologies may do for our regional literature —Avery 111


3:10-4:50 p.m.  Jack Wright:  “The Digital Memoir: Turning personal narratives into short documentary movies.”  —Arnold Auditorium, Museum

New media storytelling provides an outlet that can help writers get their stories out to new audiences. Filmmaking can be a very expensive and time-consuming proposition. The digital revolution has put digital storytelling at our fingertips creatively and at almost no cost. This presentation will give examples and an overview of this evolving genre. Presenter Jack Wright spent 22 years teaching documentary film at the Ohio University School of Film.


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.


6:30-7:20 p.m.  Keynote Supper —University Dining Hall

Enjoy a delicious home-style supper.


7:20-8:00 p.m.  Keynote Address & Tribute Concert  — Campus Center, 3rd floor

We’re honored for Mary Hood to deliver this year’s keynote address.  Mary Hood is the author of the novel Familiar Heat and three short story collections, How Far She Went (winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and the Southern Review/LSU Short Fiction Award), And Venus Is Blue (winner of the Lillian Smith Award, the Townsend Prize for Fiction, and the Dixie Council of Authors and Journalists Author of the Year Award) and A Clear View of the Southern Sky. Hood's work has also been honored with the Whiting Writers' Award, the Robert Penn Warren Award, and a Pushcart Prize. Curtis Byrge will perform this year’s keynote music.


8:15-9 p.m.  Writer's Market/Book Signing  — Campus Center, 3rd floor

Bring your books or buy new ones from us. Mary Hood 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. While you wait, you can browse around George Brosi’s Appalachian Bookstore.


Sunday, 12 June 2016

8:45-9:30 a.m.  Light Breakfast/Checkout  — Campus Center, LMU Dining Hall

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  —Festival Tent on the Quad

Erin Fitzgerald will lead us in a closing fellowship of music and song to set us on our travels.

Before leaving the Cumberland Gap area, we suggest you explore the national park, where you can hike (easy trails close by or the lengthy and beautiful White Rocks Trail is about 10 miles away at Rose Hill, VA), spelunk at the Gap Cave or Sand Cave, go back in time at the Hensley Settlement, visit the museum and artisan store at the visitor's center, or view three states from the Pinnacle Overlook.  There is too much to do to pass it up.  For more information, visit





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