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Appalachian Authors Guild General Meeting

May 10, 2016, 11:30am

Southwest Virginia Community College

Richlands, VA

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Speaker

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Dr. Tom McKnight

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Dr. Thomas Keats McKnight has forty-eight years in the teaching profession. He has taught Music, Early Childhood Development and Writing to students from five to ninety-five years old. His proudest accomplishment in his teaching career is a twenty-year writing project with senior writers from southwest Virginia. His students' writing has won awards from Virginia Tech, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Virginia Community College System and Harvard University. Students in Dr. McKnight's Appalachian Writing Project have contributed stories, poems and essays to stage and radio plays that have been produced throughout Virginia and Kentucky.

His personal writing has deep roots in the Appalachian region, beginning in Harlan County, Kentucky. Much of Dr. McKnight's subject matter for his short stories, poetry, essays and educational writing includes voices of Appalachia's people, folklore, medicine, history and music. Dr. McKnight's first publications in Appalachian journals were at age thirteen. At that age, he started teaching composition to children in grades one through five. That was when teaching and writing became passions.

Dr. McKnight is an accomplished storyteller and musician. He has taught at Southwest Virginia Community College, Bellarmine University in Kentucky, Western Maryland College and Virginia Tech.

In semi-retirement, Dr. McKnight now resides in Sevierville, Tennessee, with his wife of forty-four years, Judy Ruth (Couch) McKnight.

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Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium

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Early registration discount available until May 22.

Southwest Virginia Community College

June 10-11, 2016

Richlands, VA

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The Foundation For Appalachian Advancement

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The Foundation for Appalachian Advancement, whose mission overlaps that of the AAG, has set up a web page dedicated specifically for artists. Any of our members may have a section with a bio and a link to their website that the Foundation can promote on the page. Email J. C. Sweingrouber directly with what you would like on the bio and your website address, or page where people can buy your books.

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