Lee's Woolfitt Wins Literary Contest

Friday, February 14, 2014 - by Britain Miethe, Lee University
Dr. William Woolfitt
Dr. William Woolfitt

Dr. William Woolfitt, assistant professor of English at Lee University, has won the 2013 Texas Review Breakthrough Poetry Prize for his collection of poetry, “Beauty Strip.” 

“Beauty Strip” focuses on the landscapes and living things of Appalachia, protests the industrialization that results in ruin, and celebrates the human ability to remake, redeem, and find shelter and homes.

“I'd say that the structure of ‘Beauty Strip’ is part sketchbook, part dreambook,” said Dr. Woolfitt. “It maps and ruminates on, haunts and is haunted by, the mountaintop removal sites and mill towns, the salt-works and bloomeries, that have scarred the land from West Virginia to Virginia to Tennessee.” 

Dr. Woolfitt joined Lee’s Department of Language and Literature in fall 2012, where he teaches creative writing and American literature. He is the author of two chapbooks, “The Salvager’s Arts,” co-winner of the Keystone Prize, and “The Boy with Fire in His Mouth,” winner of the Epiphany Editions contest.

Dr. Woolfitt’s poems and stories appear in such publications as Shenandoah, Michigan Quarterly Review, Threepenny Review, New Ohio Review, Appalachian Heritage, The Cincinnati Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Ninth Letter, River Styx, Virginia Quarterly Review’s Instapoetry Series, and Tin House’s Flash Friday series. Recently, Woolfitt also took runner-up in the 2013 Gold Line Press Fiction Chapbook Competition.

The Texas Review Press publishes between 20 and 23 titles a year, including the winners of four international competitions and an annual Southern poetry anthology, making it one of the most productive literary presses in the Southwest. 

For more information on the Texas Review Press, please visit http://www.shsu.edu/~www_trp/index.html.


Lu And Liu Take First Place In Lee’s Piano Competition

Yun Lu and Vincent Liu took first place in the 12th annual Lee University piano competitions for the collegiate and pre-collegiate divisions, respectively. The award ceremony concluded the International Piano Festival and Competition held June 12-18.  For the pre-collegiate division, second place was awarded to Jonathan Reichenberger, with third place going to Eriko Darcy ... (click for more)

Georgia Northwestern's GED Center To Hold Orientation

Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) GED Center is holding an orientation for the public on  June 28 and July 12 at 2 p.m.  Visitors will learn what to expect if you choose to enroll in the college’s GED preparatory classes at the college’s Chattooga County location. These free sessions will be held at the Summerville Adult Education Center at 152 Senior ... (click for more)

Preserving 90-Year-Old Grammar School Just One Of Challenges Facing Town, Signal Council Told

Rather than spend millions upgrading Signal Mountain ’s historic grammar school so it can continue to house the Mountain Arts Community Center (MACC), it would make more sense to incorporate that project into a larger multi-pronged one that would solve several issues facing the community, according to town manager Boyd Veal.   For example, Mr. Veal said, the current ... (click for more)

Firefighters Put Out Fire In Compost Pile At City's Wood Recycling Center

Chattanooga firefighters were called to a fire at the city's wood recycling center on N. Hawthorne Street around noon on Sunday. Battalion Chief Don Bowman said the smoke and flames could be seen from several miles away.   Firefighters with five fire companies worked to get the blaze under control, using master streams from two aerials and some hand-held hoselines. The ... (click for more)

Improvements Needed At Entrance To Wilcox Tunnel

I am writing this letter to bring to your attention to a city traffic issue that needs to be addressed immediately, the sooner the better. I can see no large cost factor.   Recently, while as a concerned citizen, removing trash and litter from the entry/exit area of the Wilcox Tunnel on the side that runs into Chamberlain Avenue, I fully realized that this area could ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Looking For A Wife

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, is a really cool place. I tried to buy a huge mounted buffalo head in an antique store there one time until I found out the shipping charges were four times what the head was worth. But suddenly my rapt attention is riveted on Coeur d'Alene again because a dazzling social experiment is taking place this very moment at a plush resort in north Idaho. Several ... (click for more)