Many Participate In Writers' Festival At Lee

Friday, February 01, 2013

Lee University held its annual Writers’ Festival, celebrating the works of professionals in the creative writing field. Lecturers included Dr. Lauren Winner, author of the memoir Girl Meets God, and Dr. William Woolfitt, a writer and assistant professor at Lee University.

“The Writers’ Festival is great,” said Jessica Range, senior English major at Lee. “It gives aspiring authors a chance to interact with published authors and to learn more about the craft from them.”  

inner read selections from her work on Monday night, bringing a large crowd into the Dixon Center as she shared stories and excerpts from Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis. 

“It used to be I had to take in as many guest lectures as possible to pay for healthcare and insurance,” Dr. Winner told the audience Monday. “Now I actually have a steady job and only have to accept offers from the people I really like.”

Dr. Winner is also the author of Mudhouse Sabbath and Real Sex: The Naked Truth About Chastity, as well as having written for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, Publishers Weekly, Books and Culture and Christianity Today. She holds degrees from Duke, Columbia, and Cambridge Universities, as well as a doctorate in history.

Dr. Woolfitt, the Department of Language and Literature’s newest addition as an assistant professor, presented on Tuesday afternoon in the Edna Minor Conn Theatre. He read a selection of his short fiction, including the short stories, “The Lepers of Siberia” and “Wax Museum.”

Dr. Woolfitt was recently honored with a Pushcart Prize nomination and a “Best of the Net Nominations 2012” for his poem, "Teresa of Avila Compares the Soul to a Palm Cabbage" and fiction piece, “Summer in Giverny,” respectively. He was also the co-winner of the 2011 Keystone Chapbook Prize through Seven Kitchens Press and has been published in Best Indie Lit New England, Volume One; the Michigan Quarterly Review; Shenandoah and numerous other publications.

The Writers’ festival began with a precursory reading by Renaissance scholar and poet Brett Foster in November 2012 as part of Sigma Tau Delta’s Literary Symposium.  

For more information about Lee’s Department of Language and Literature, call 614-8210.



University Hosts Award-Winning Author Janisse Ray

Award-winning author, naturalist, and activist Janisse Ray will give a talk on the UTC campus about heirloom seeds, agrodiversity and the future of food. The event is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Raccoon Mountain Room of the UTC University Center. This program is presented by the Tennessee Valley chapter of Wild Ones and UTC Department of Biological and Environmental ... (click for more)

Dalton State Program Gives Non Students Chance To Further Their Education

Lynda Shenefield had an idea for a book.  But she needed help. Shenefield had no idea how to get her book published.  Then she saw a news release about an epublishing course offered at Dalton State, and thought that would be the perfect opportunity to learn what she needed to know.  At 63, Ms. Shenefield didn’t want to go through the process of enrolling as a student ... (click for more)

DA Looking Into Issue Of County Commission Candidate's Campaign Sending Filled-Out Request For Absentee Ballot To Elderly Voters

The District Attorney's Office has been provided with documents that a County Commission candidate's campaign sent filled-out requests for absentee ballots to elderly voters. Kerry Steelman, election administrator, said there have been four instances in which such requests came from the Elect John Brooks campaign. He said state law says in Section 2-6-202:  (3) A person ... (click for more)

Graham Says County School-City Lawsuit Settlement "Stinks," But County Commission Approves It

The County Commission on Wednesday approved a settlement of a lawsuit brought by the Hamilton County Schools against the city of Chattanooga, though several commissioners said they were not happy with the deal and Commissioner Joe Graham said it "stinks." Commissioner Graham was the lone no vote. He was joined by Commissioner Tim Boyd in a failed effort to defer it a week. ... (click for more)

The Truth- From Weston’s Sister

I try not to read the negative articles and opinions about my older brother. Growing up around politics, I learned a long time ago that thick skin is not only necessary, it’s paramount. But this time, the lies and the rumors and the inaccurate information has gone too far. It’s too ridiculous for me to ignore. So let’s clear a few things up: Weston and I do not “come ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Oscar Brock’s True Passion

I don’t pay much attention to the Hamilton County School Board. Once the moon and the stars aligned behind Superintendent Rick Smith, you hear very little, if anything, from the nine-member council that oversees an annual budget of almost $400 million and employs 4,480 people. So chew this for a minute: approximately 2,000 of those people are not teachers. Yes, there are 78 principals ... (click for more)