Chapbook by Lee’s Woolfitt published
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Dr. William Kelley Woolfitt
Dr. William Kelley Woolfitt
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 University.

Seven Kitchens Press published his chapbook, “The Salvager’s Arts.”

The chapbook comprises 20 original poems about everything from people making pots in their backyard kiln to farming peach trees. Woolfitt’s chapbook is one of the winners of the 2011 Keystone Chapbook Prize.

“These poems remix family stories, Biblical narratives, and Appalachian history,” Woolfitt said. “There are pieces about endangered species, vernacular artists and threatened landscapes.”

Woolfitt said 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 oolfitt writes about in his poetry.

Woolfitt joined Lee University in fall 2012, where he currently teaches writing and American literature.

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.

Woolfitt received his doctorte and master’s of fine arts from Pennsylvania State University, his master’s of arts from Hollins University, and his bachelor of arts from Fairmont State College.

To purchase “The Salvager’s Arts,” visit http://sevenkitchens.