Good morning, all!
We hope you had a good weekend. To brighten up your Monday morning, and to see 2018 out with a celebratory bang, we’re pleased to announce that award-winning novelist Crystal Wilkinson will be appearing at next year’s festival.
Crystal is the author of The Birds of Opulence (winner of the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence), Water Street and Blackberries, Blackberries. Nominated for both the Orange Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, she has received recognition from The Kentucky Foundation for Women, The Kentucky Arts Council, The Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and is a recipient of the Chaffin Award for Appalachian Literature. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her short stories, poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including most recently in the Oxford American and Southern Cultures. She currently teaches at the University of Kentucky where she is Associate Professor of English in the MFA in Creative Writing Program.
The Birds of Opulence also happens to have one of the best book covers we’ve seen in ages: