Professor Publishes Short Story in Cold Mountain Review

Brevard College students walking past bell tower

Kayla Leed, ‘16

A short story by Brevard College English Professor Jubal Tiner about a new dad’s endeavors with his crying newborn daughter and a magical bear was recently published in the Spring 2015 issue of Cold Mountain Review.

Tiner says he was inspired by his own experiences as a father, though he admits that none of his children cried like the daughter in his story, “Ursa Major.”

“I thought this story was not publishable, as it relied on some supernatural figures and happenings, and ended happily – not a recipe for what is being printed in the world of short fiction today,” Tiner said. “But perhaps I was too cynical, and the humor in the story must have shown through. I am really pleased and honored that CMR gave it a home.”

The native Kansan has taught at many colleges and universities throughout the Midwest, but in 2006 he came to Brevard College, and by 2012, he was promoted and earned tenure.

Tiner primarily teaches creative writing at the College, but has also lectured in film, literature and composition classes. He is the founder and editor of the biannual literary journal, Pisgah Review, serves as the LINC coordinator at the College and is adviser for Chiaroscuro – the student literary and arts journal.

Tiner spends his time writing and publishing fiction. His published work, The Waterhouse, was a finalist for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship and won the bronze Independent Publisher Book (“IPPY”) Award for Best Regional Fiction of the Midwest in 2013.

The Cold Mountain Review is published through Appalachian State University twice a year. It is a compilation of narrative poetry and lyrical prose.

Tiner’s, “Ursa Major,” is expected to entertain each Cold Mountain Review reader.