Brevard Faculty Host Working Writers’ Reading

Faculty Writers Conference

The 4th annual Working Writers’ Reading features Brevard College professors Dr. Alyse Bensel, Dr. Margaret Brown, and Dr. Jubal Tiner. Each author will read from their creative work on Tuesday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m. in room 125 of the McLarty-Goodson (MG) building on the Brevard College campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The event showcases the talent of Brevard College faculty. Each author will read for 10-15 minutes, followed by a group Q&A session and book signing.

 “Brevard College has a bevy of terrific writers and artists among their faulty, and the Working Writers’ Series showcases some of this talent, letting our readers strut their writerly selves,” said Jubal Tiner, series founder. 

Dr. Alyse Bensel is the author of Rare Wondrous Things, a poetic biography of Maria Sibylla Merian (Green Writers Press, forthcoming 2020), and three chapbooks, including Lies to Tell the Body (Seven Kitchens Press, 2018). Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Blackbird, Gulf Coast, Poetry International, and West Branch, among others. Her fiction and nonfiction have been featured at The BoilerEntropy, and Pithead Chapel. She currently serves as section editor for Theory, Culture, and Craft for the Journal of Creative Writing Studies (JCWS), an open access, peer-reviewed journal. She is also a Senior Poetry Reader for Cherry Tree and poetry reader for The Los Angeles Review. She is an assistant professor of English at Brevard College, where she directs the Looking Glass Rock Writers’ Conference.

Dr. Margaret Lynn Brown is Associate Professor of History at Brevard College and the author of The Wild East: A Biography of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Brown worked as a freelance writer and editor before attending graduate school at the University of Kentucky. Since 1996 she has taught courses in Environmental History and Wilderness in American Life at Brevard College. An avid hiker and letter-writer since she was a small child, Brown has converted her passion for short non-fiction into a blog, “Margaret Brown, First Drafts,” oriented toward readers who love national parks as well as nature in her own backyard.

Dr. Jubal Tiner’s short story collection, The Waterhouse, (Press 53) won an Independent Publisher Book Award for best regional fiction representing the Midwest. Author Steve Almond writes, “In The Waterhouse, Jubal Tiner traces the intersecting fate of three boyhood friends as they navigate the world of masculinity and its discontents. These are stories bristling with a fierce wisdom, masterfully written, and emotionally fearless. Tiner is a writer to watch.” Tiner has published fiction in The Florida Review, Puerto del Sol, The Baltimore Review, Weber Studies, and Cold Mountain Review. Tiner will read from his story recently published in Moonshine Review. He teaches Fiction Wiring and other courses as an Associate Professor of English at Brevard College.

Brevard College is consistently recognized as one of the best liberal arts colleges. The College’s focus on experiential learning, small class sizes, and location the mountains of Western North Carolina near Asheville makes Brevard a top choice college for students around the world.