April 22, 2010 Bestselling author Silas House will leave Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate to accept the National Endowment for the Humanities Chair in Appalachian Studies at Berea College, beginning in August. At Berea, House—who is a novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, editor, YA author, and environmental activist—will teach courses in Appalachian literature and creative writing. Read more about the appointment here.
At Humanities Tennessee, where House has been an indefatigable supporter of the Southern Festival of Books, we hate to see him go, but we wish him well with his new appointment and his ongoing work to eradicate mountaintop-removal mining. Rest assured that Chapter 16 will continue covering the work of this surprising and inspring writer. Once a Tennessean, always a Tennessean at Chapter 16.