Author Nathan Poole will kick off the Lee University Writer’s Festival with a reading on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. in the School of Nursing Building, Room 202. He will lead a creative writing workshop for local high school students on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. in Lee’s Vest Building, Room 304.
Mr. Poole 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.
Mr. Poole’s stories have appeared in various national journals including 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.
Mr. Poole is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of South Alabama. He holds degrees from the MFA Program for Writers at WWC and from the University of South Carolina.
“Poole writes about characters who experience crises of belief and find joy, hope, and glimpses of God,” said Dr. William Woolfitt, assistant professor of creative writing at Lee. “We are so glad that he is coming to give a public reading and to offer a workshop to high school students interested in writing.”
Robert Morgan, author of six novels, including the best-seller and Oprah Book Club selection “Gap Creek,” will present a reading in spring 2018 as part of the Writer’s Festival.
For more information on the Writer’s Festival or to participate in Mr. Poole’s creative writing workshop, email Dr. Woolfitt at email@example.com.