HARROGATE, Tenn. — Lincoln Memorial University’s Appalachian Reading Series will feature author Gwyn Hyman Rubio for a reading and book signing at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 in the Chinnock Chapel on the university’s main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee.
Hyman will also present a fiction writing workshop for the community on Nov. 7, from 9 to 11 a.m. in room 105 of the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Rubio is the author of three novels, Icy Sparks, The Woodsman’s Daughter and Love and Ordinary Creatures. Icy Sparks was highlighted in Time magazine by Barnes & Noble, chosen to represent “The Next Wave of Great Literary Voices” in the Discover Great New Writers program and was later named a selection for Oprah’s book club. Her short story collection, Sharing Power, was nominated for a Pushcart Press Editor’s Book Award.
Rubio was born in Macon, Georgia, and raised in the small town of Cordele, Georgia. She graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in English and joined the Peace Corps, serving in Costa Rica and working as a preschool program coordinator and teacher in a village, without running water or electricity. She married her husband, Angel, also a volunteer, six months after her arrival. The pair has been married for over 40 years. They moved to Berea, Kentucky in 1980. Rubio earned a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Warren Wilson College in North Carolina in 1986 and began to write full-time.
Rubio’s short fiction has been published and anthologized around the country. Her short story “Little Saint” received the Cecil Hackney Literary Award for first prize in the National Short Story Competition and later appeared in Prairie Schooner. She has received grants from the Kentucky Arts Council and from the Kentucky Foundation for Women.
The Appalachian Reading Series and associated writing workshops are free and open to the public. Advanced registration is encouraged for workshops. The Appalachian Reading Series and associated workshops are supported, in part, by Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College.
For more information, contact Darnell Arnoult at [email protected] or 423-869-7074.