Lee's Woolfitt Nominated For Pushcart Prize

Thursday, December 20, 2012
Dr. William Kelley Woolfitt
Dr. William Kelley Woolfitt

Lee University’s Dr. William Kelley Woolfitt was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, an esteemed literary recognition for best poetry published by small American presses. The Literary Bohemian nominated his poem, "Teresa of Avila Compares the Soul to a Palm Cabbage."   

Dr. Woolfitt said he was moved by Charles de Foucauld’s “Prayer of Abandonment” to write a book-length manuscript centering on de Foucauld and his life in Algeria among the Taureg, a nomadic, Berber people. Teresa is a poem from that exploration. “I wanted to learn more about Charles and his life as a Christian contemplative and missionary.”

In response to the nomination, Dr. Woolfitt said, “I am flattered and humbled.”

The Pushcart Prize publishes annually and is one of the most formidable and influential literary projects in America. The Pushcart Fellowship has represented numerous presses and writers of short stories, poetry and essays since 1976. 

Dr. Woolfitt is also the author of “The Salvager’s Arts,” co-winner of the 2011 Keystone Chapbook Prize through Seven Kitchens Press. The Keystone Chapbook Series focuses on the work of poets with Pennsylvania ties.

Another poem from Dr. Woolfitt’s manuscript, "Red Coals,” was selected for publication in Best Indie Lit New England, Volume One, a forthcoming print anthology that will display the best fiction and poetry published by independent journals in New England from 2010 to 2012.

Dr. Woolfitt’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Michigan Quarterly Review, African American Review, Shenandoah, Cincinnati Review, New Ohio Review, Ninth Letter, Los Angeles Review, River Styx, Christianity and Literature, Sycamore Review, Southern Humanities Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, and The Christian Century.

Dr. Woolfitt is an assistant professor of creative writing and recent addition to Lee’s Department of Language & Literature.

A native West Virginian, Woolfitt earned his doctorate and Master of Fine Arts from The Pennsylvania State University. 

Dr. Woolfitt enjoys walking on the Appalachian Trail and his grandparents’ farm in West Virginia whenever he can.

His poem appears on The Literary Bohemian website: http://www.literarybohemian.com/index.php/poetry/poem/teresa-of-avila-by-william-kelley-woolfitt/

For more information about the Pushcart Prize visit http://www.pushcartprize.com.

Cleveland State Among The First To Add Mandatory Freshmen Success Course

Cleveland State Community College is among the first schools in the state to add a mandatory freshman success class. The FYS class, or First-Year Seminar, was  implemented this fall in time to support Tennessee Promise students.  Officials said the class enhances success in college by assisting students in obtaining life skills necessary to their educational, career ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Student Awarded Microgrant To Create Local Library

Joe Julian, a student at Baylor School, is taking a stand for education—and providing books to those who need them. The 17-year-old is renovating a local community center to give students a welcoming space to read and learn in.   Joe recently applied for—and won—a microgrant from Karma for Cara (K4C), a nonprofit that promotes service and youth engagement in the community. ... (click for more)

With Census Rising, Erlanger Scrambling To Find Hospital Beds

With the census climbing at Erlanger Health System, hospital officials are scrambling to find available hospital beds. Rob Brooks, chief operating officer, said 12 rooms were opened up at Erlanger North in Red Bank. He said some of those are utilized for main campus patients who may actually be ready to go home but still have a Medicare-required three-day stay. He said the freed-up ... (click for more)

Brent Pickard Was Man Shot And Killed By Deputies; 4 From Sheriff's Office On Administrative Leave During City Investigation

Brent Pickard, 46, was the man who was shot and killed by county deputies on Wednesday night after a chase ended on Highway 153.. Four Hamilton County deputies were placed on leave, pending the investigation. At Pine Mar, Pickard crashed and shots were fired resulting in his death.  District Attorney General Neal Pinkston has asked Chattanooga Police to investigate ... (click for more)

Vote To Save Graduate Medical Education Funding

As a resident physician at UT College of Medicine Chattanooga, I know first-hand the impact Medicare financing for Graduate Medical Education has on physician education and access to care for patients in our community and communities all over the country.  GME funding provides medical school graduates the opportunity to complete the required years of clinical residency training ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Quaker Oats & Stuff

Some genius in the Quaker Oats marketing department came up with a novel idea last summer with the theme: “What if you had the chance to do something you have always wanted to do … but you had to start today?” Somehow Michael Hope and his family – that includes three children – got to be interviewed and, when his 10-year-old daughter Lauren was asked, she said she always wanted ... (click for more)