• Our department brings in nationally- and regionally-known writers through our annual Writer's Festival. Since its inception more than ten years ago, we have had readings and workshops by writers such as Lauren Winner, Silas House, Rachel Held Evans, Herbert Woodward Martin, Janet Peery, Brian Silberman, and Chris Hansen (a Lee alumnus). In that time, we have had more than fifty authors give readings, work with students individually and in classes, and meet with various groups on and off campus. We have brought a mixture of well-known, award-winning writers and emerging authors to show our students the various ways writers make careers out of their passions.

    Information for 2017-18 Writer's Festival:

    Thursday, March 22, 2018
    7 PM, School of Nursing, Room 202

    Robert Morgan
    Robert Morgan was raised on his family's farm in the North Carolina mountains. The author of eleven books of poetry and eight books of fiction, including the bestselling novel Gap Creek, he now lives in Ithaca, New York, where he teaches at Cornell University.

    Thursday, November 9, 2017
    7 PM, School of Nursing, Room 202

    James Davis May
    James Davis May’s first book of poetry, Unquiet Things, will be published by Louisiana State University Press in early 2016. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Five Points, The Missouri Review, New England Review, New Ohio Review, The New Republic, Pleiades, The Southern Review and elsewhere. He has received scholarships from The Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Inprint, and the Krakow Poetry Seminar. In 2013, he won the Collins Award from Birmingham Poetry Review. He is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Young Harris College.

    Thursday, October 26, 2017
    7 PM, School of Nursing, Room 202

    Nathan Poole
    Poole is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of South Alabama. He is the author of Father Brother Keeper, a collection of stories selected by Edith Pearlman for the 2013 Mary McCarthy Prize and long-listed for the international Frank O'Connor Award. He is also the author of Pathkiller as the Holy Ghost, a novella selected by Benjamin Percy as the winner of the 2014 Quarterly West Novella Contest. Poole's stories have appeared in national journals Ecotone, the Kenyon Review, Narrative Magazine, Image, The Chattahoochee Review and The Saturday Evening Post. He has been awarded the Narrative Prize, a Milton Fellowship at Seattle Pacific University, a Joan Beebe Teaching Fellowship at Warren Wilson College and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship at the Sewanee Writers' Conference.

    Previous Writer's Festival Authors


    • Robert Olen Butler
    • Susan O'Dell Underwood


    • Greg Brownderville
    • Scott Russell Sanders
    • Denise Giardina
    • Kevin Brown, Stacey Isom Campbell, and Will Woolfitt


    • Renee Emerson
    • T.J. Jarrett
    • Erin Tocknell
    • Stacey Isom, with Lisa Neely
    • Kevin Brown and Will Woolfitt


    • Tal McThenia
    • Anya Silver
    • Jessie Van Eerden
    • Kevin Brown and Will Woolfitt


    • Lauren Winner
    • Brett Foster
    • Will Woolfitt


    • Rachel Held Evans
    • Stacey Isom, with Lisa Neely and Amber Wood
    • Kevin Brown


    • Chelsea Rathburn
    • Jim Scruton
    • Jeff Hardin
    • Chris Hansen
    • Alexandria LaFaye


    • Silas House
    • Lisa Neely
    • Stacey Isom


    • Janet Peery
    • Brian Silberman
    • Travis Wayne Denton
    • Sebastian Matthews
    • panel discussion with Rick Jackson, Earl Braggs,
      Sybil Baker, Thomas Balazs, and Rebecca Cook


    • Scott Cairns
    • W. Scott Olsen
    • Rick Jackson
    • Katie Chaple
    • Stacey Isom


    • Lauren Winner
    • Vivian Shipley
    • Silas House
    • Herbert Woodward Martin
    • Chad Prevost


    • Lauren Winner
    • Tim Gautreaux
    • Gerry LaFemina
    • Jamie Iredell

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