March 30, 2011


Arts and Humanities Speakerís Forum To Feature Darnell Arnoult

Northeast Alabama Community College will hold its annual Arts and Humanities Speakerís Forum on Thursday, April 7, 2011, at 10:00 am in the Tom Bevill Lyceum. This yearís guest speaker is writer Darnell Arnoult. Following Arnoultís presentation and reading, she will sign books in the lobby of the Lyceum. Arnoult is the author of a book of poetry entitled What Travels with Us (2005) and the novel Sufficient Grace (2006). Arnoult received the 2009 Margaret Hobson Prize in Arts and Letters from Chowan University and was named 2007 Tennessee Writer of the Year by the Tennessee Writers Alliance. Her poetry collection was named the 2006 SIBA Poetry Book of the Year and was awarded a 2005 Weatherford Award in Appalachian Literature from the Appalachian Studies Association and Berea College.

Arnoult was born and raised in Henry County, Virginia. She lived for twenty years in Chapel Hill and Durham, North Carolina, where she received a BA in American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MA in English and Creative Writing from North Carolina State University and worked at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Her fiction and poetry have been published in a variety of journals, and she has taught creative writing to adults for over fifteen years. Recently she joined the faculty of Lincoln Memorial University as Writer-in-Residence, a position previously held by last yearís guest author, Silas House.

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Arnoult is committed to public and community arts and humanities education and programming, and with over seventeen years of teaching experience in creative writing and creative practice, she is a regular faculty member of the Duke Writers Workshop, now called the Table Rock Writers Workshop, Tennessee Young Writers Workshop, John C. Campbell Folk School, and the Appalachian Writers Workshop at Hindman Settlement School. Arnoult participates in many other events that foster a love for writing and reading across the South.

In addition to Arnoultís presentation and book signing in the Tom Bevill Lyceum at 10:00 am on Thursday, April 7, Arnoult will be interviewed for the Alabama Public Television series Bookmark. Dr. Don Noble, host of the award-winning series, will conduct the interview in the collegeís library. Arnoult will return to campus to speak in the collegeís library at 6:00 Thursday evening, April 7. The evening session will be held on the second floor of the library.

Copies of Sufficient Grace and What Travels with Us will be available for purchase in the lobby of the Lyceum. The public is invited to attend these lectures. Anyone having questions about the event may contact Joan Reeves at phone ext. 347 or