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Writer’s Festival to Welcome Underwood


The Lee University Writer’s Festival will continue on Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m. with a reading by Susan O’Dell Underwood in the Rose Lecture Hall located in Lee’s Helen DeVos College of Education.

“I admire Underwood's poems that observe and ponder ordinary things, that find evidence of the mysteries of God in a chicken truck, a clothesline, and frost,” said Dr. William Woolfitt, director of the Writer’s Festival and Lee English professor.

Underwood to Continue Writer's Festival
Susan O'Dell Underwood

A Tennessee native, Underwood grew up on a small farm with a love for books and nature. Underwood writes both poetry and fiction. She has published two collections of poetry and in 2004 she won the Tennessee Arts Commission Literary Grant for her novel “Genesis Road.” She is particularly interested in Appalachian literature and contemporary American poetry.

Currently Underwood serves as a professor of English and the director of the creative writing program at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee. She earned her doctorate from Florida State University, her master’s from the University of North Carolina, and her bachelor’s from Carson-Newman.

Underwood and her husband David, a visual artist and art professor at Carson-Newman, reside in Jefferson City. Together they own a small publishing company, Sapling Grove Press, dedicated to publishing quality Appalachian literature.

The Writer’s Festival is a free, non-ticketed event, and open to the public.

For more information about Underwood, visit site.

For more information about the Writer’s Festival, contact Woolfitt.
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