Poole reads at Lee’s Writer’s Festival

Posted 11/22/17

Lee University recently welcomed author Nathan Poole to read in the first event of its Writer’s Festival.


“Nathan Poole’s visit was a great opportunity for our students to talk …

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Poole reads at Lee’s Writer’s Festival


Lee University recently welcomed author Nathan Poole to read in the first event of its Writer’s Festival.
“Nathan Poole’s visit was a great opportunity for our students to talk to him about his work and his craft, to learn more about fiction from someone outside our campus who’s active in his field,” said Dr. Kevin Brown, professor of English.
Before the reading, Brown and Professor of English Dr. Rachel Reneslacis, along with students Johnathan Johnson and Ben Stallings, had dinner with Poole. Earlier in the day, students Judith Bell, Brian Ericson, Shelby Marshall, and Selah Meyer hosted him for lunch.
“Getting to spend time with a writer like Nathan Poole was a cool experience,” said Ericson, a junior English literature major. “Engaging with other writers like that is an important part of contributing to the literary community.”
At the festival, Poole read from his collection of short stories, “Father Brother Keeper.” This collection was selected by Edith Pearlman for the 2013 Mary McCarthy Prize and long-listed for the international Frank O’Connor Award.
After the reading, Poole signed copies of “Father Brother Keeper” for attendees.
Poole also led a creative writing workshop for local high school students during his visit.
By leading students in reading and writing activities, Poole created a new understanding of the importance in creating their own writing experiences, according to Stacey Wielfaert, educator at Walker Valley High School.
“Nathan Poole’s visit was so timely because we are in the process of writing short stories,” said Patricia Flowers, teacher at Cleveland High School. “I absolutely loved the assignment he did with the students to get them thinking immediately about conflict and scene. He challenged the students to imagine their stories as scenes on a stage rather than exposition. It benefits the students and me to hear from those who do creative writing for a living.”
Poole’s reading was funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Tennessee Arts Commission.
“Nathan Poole had many thoughtful conversations with students during his time here,” said Dr. William Woolfitt, assistant professor of creative writing. “He reminded us that words can powerfully change our lives, that stories can deepen our faith and our compassion.”
For more information on the festival, email Woolfitt at wwoolfitt@leeuniversity.edu.



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