WVW Contest Judge Bios 2015 – Tom Douglass (Appalachian Writing)

TOM DOUGLASS (Appalachian Writing)

Tom Douglass teaches Contemporary Literature, British and American at East Carolina University.  He has taught courses on the American Renaissance, American Realism, Cormac McCarthy, American Humor and Satire, Literary Theory, and the Contemporary British fiction. He is the author of A Room Forever: the Life and Work of Breece D'J Pancake and has edited reprints Hubert Skidmore's Hawk's Nest and Davis Grubb's Fools' Parade. He has recently completed a biography of Davis Grubb. He organizes ECU's Contemporary Writers Series, which has featured campus visits from Colm Toibin, Colum McCann, Philip Levine, Beth Henley, Natasha Trethewey, Sherman Alexie, and Dave Smith. He also serves as the Appalachian Echoes series editor for the University of Tennessee Press.

He also co-organized the first ECU HumorFest, featuring Kinky Friedman, Andrei Codrescu, and Jill McCorkle, and co-organized "The Turning Night of Stars," featuring Coleman Barks, David Darling, Glen Velez, and Zuleikha, performing the poetry of Rumi. More recently, he has organized library exhibits of the Stuart Wright Collection in Joyner Library: Robert Penn Warren, Randall Jarrell, and Mid-Twentieth Century Children's Literature.

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