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Out of Opulence: An Evening with Crystal Wilkinson, Wiley Cash & DaMaris Hill
Join Authors Crystal Wilkinson, Wiley Cash, and DaMaris Hill for a lively and engaging conversation, using the landscape of Wilkinson’s The Birds of Opulence to foster a discussion on topics including place-based writing, activism and writing, food, early beginnings as a writer, process, writing in the time of COVID-19, and good trouble.

Jun 15, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Wiley Cash
Wiley Cash is a New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Last Ballad, A Land More Kind than Home, and This Dark Road to Mercy. The founder of the Open Canon Book Club and co-founder of the Land More Kind Appalachian Artists Residency, he has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Weymouth Center. He serves as the writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and lives in North Carolina with his wife, photographer Mallory Cash, and their two daughters. His novel When Ghosts Come Home is forthcoming in September 2021.
DaMaris B. Hill
DaMaris B. Hill is the author of A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration of African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland (2020 NAACP Image Award nominee for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry), The Fluid Boundaries of Suffrage and Jim Crow: Staking Claims in the American Heartland, \Vi-zə-bəl\ \Teks-chərs\(Visible Textures). She has a keen interest in the work of Toni Morrison and theories regarding ‘rememory’ as a philosophy and aesthetic practice. Similar to her creative process, Hill’s scholarly research is interdisciplinary. Hill is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Kentucky.
Crystal Wilkinson
Crystal Wilkinson, associate professor, is the award-winning 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 has been named a 2020 USA Fellow by United States Artists and has just been appointed the Kentucky Pot Laureate for 2021-2022.