In a single collection of poetry, Appalachian culture and urban art come together in the written works of Dr. William Kelley Woolfitt, assistant professor of creative writing at Lee. Seven Kitchens Press published his chapbook, “The Salvager’s Arts,” in September.
The chapbook comprises 20 original poems about everything from people making pots in their backyard kiln to farming peach trees. Dr. Woolfitt’s chapbook is one of the winners of the 2011 Keystone Chapbook Prize.
“These poems remix family stories, Biblical narratives, and Appalachian history,” Dr. Woolfitt said. “There are pieces about endangered species, vernacular artists, and threatened landscapes.”
Dr. Woolfitt says that his chapbook focuses on people who take what is broken, discarded, and worn, and make something good and beautiful out of it, like the work of the urban junk artists whom Dr. Woolfitt writes about in his poetry.
Dr. Woolfitt joined Lee University in fall 2012, where he currently teaches writing and American literature.
Dr. Woolfitt’s chapbook, The Boy with Fire in His Mouth (fiction), was the winner of the Epiphany Editions contest, and will be published later this fall. His poems and stories appear in Shenandoah, Michigan Quarterly Review, Threepenny Review, New Ohio Review, Appalachian Heritage, The Cincinnati Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Ninth Letter, and River Styx.
Dr. Woolfitt received his PhD and MFA from Pennsylvania State University, his MA from Hollins University, and his BA from Fairmont State College.
To purchase “The Salvager’s Arts,” please visit http://sevenkitchens.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-salvagers-arts.html