44th Annual Highland Summer Conference

Please join Radford University for the 44th Annual Highland Summer Conference July 19 - 23, 2021. Due to COVID-19 protocols, the class will be held both in-person and virtually. Please know that an all-virtual event may be necessary, depending on the state of the pandemic.

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The 44th Annual Highland Summer Conference will be held at Radford University, July 19 - 23 (M-F), 2021, with both in-person and virtual options.  The hours each day are 9-12 and 1-4. Enrolled graduate and undergraduate Radford University students pay the standard fee for 3 credit hours. Students not seeking college credit pay $500. Senior citizens qualify for a reduced fee of $250.

The conference will be co-facilitated by Diane Gilliam and Leatha Kendrick. Diane Gilliam is the author of four collections of poetry: Dreadful Wind & Rain, Kettle Bottom, One of Everything and Recipe for Blackberry Cake (chapbook).  She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from Ohio State University. She teaches in community workshops and as guest faculty in the low-residency MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan College. She has received an Individual Artist Grant from the Ohio Arts Council, the Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing, the Ohioana Library Association Poetry Book of the Year Award and a Pushcart Prize. She is the most recent recipient of the Gift of Freedom from the A Room of Her Own Foundation.
Leatha Kendrick’s poems and essays have appeared in Appalachian Heritage, Passager, Tar River Poetry, New Madrid Review, the Southern Poetry Review, the James Dickey Review, Appalachian Journal, Still: An Online Journal, the Baltimore Review, The Southern Women’s Review, and in anthologies including The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume 3—Contemporary Appalachia; and What Comes Down to Us – Twenty-Five Contemporary Kentucky Poets. With George Ella Lyon, she co-edited Crossing Troublesome—Twenty-Five Years of the Appalachian Writers Workshop. Her fifth book of poetry, And Luckier, was published by Accents Publishing in early 2020. She lives with her husband, Will, in Lexington, Kentucky.

Students will be reading regional authors and participating in a workshop that provides many opportunities to write and have their writing read and evaluated by the teacher and other students.

Gilliam and Kendrick will be featured at public readings at 7 pm on the Radford University campus in McConnell Library on the evenings of July 20 and 22.  Please know that we follow all CDC and VDH COVID-19 protocols.  All participants will be required to follow COVID-19 protocols issued by Radford University and non-RU participants, who attend the conference in person, must complete a visitor registration form.  Also, depending on the state of the pandemic in July, the conference may be entirely virtual for safety reasons.

For more information regarding the conference, contact Theresa Burriss (tburriss@radford.edu).

For assistance with the registration site, please contact Radford University Conference Services: conf-serv@radford.edu or by calling (540) 831-5800.

Refund/Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be made in writing. Cancellations may be sent by email to conf-serv@radford.edu, by mail to Conference Services at Radford University, PO Box 6911, Radford, VA 24142 or by fax to (540) 831-6363. Cancellations will not be accepted over the telephone. There is a $25 non-refundable fee for the cancellation of any reservation.