2015 Chaffin Award

Some good news to share:

Knoxville, TN, September 10 – Dr. Charles Dodd White, an assistant professor in Pellissippi State’s Department of English, has received the prestigious Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award given by Morehead State University in Kentucky.

The award, which includes a prize of $1,000, recognizes outstanding Appalachian writers in all genres. The first award was presented in 1996 to poet and novelist James Still and the list of winners since includes Ron Rash, Denise Giardina, Silas House, Crystal Wilkinson, Anne Pancake, and Donald Ray Pollock.

He is author of the novels, A Shelter of Others (2014), Lambs of Men (2010), and the story collection, Sinners of Sanction County (2011). He is also editor of the contemporary Appalachian story anthologies, Degrees of Elevation (2010) and Appalachia Now (2015).  Previously, he has been awarded the Jean Ritchie Fellowship from Lincoln Memorial University and an individual artist’s grant from the North Carolina Arts Council.

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