Jim Minick

Assistant Professor

Jim Minick

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Department of English and Foreign Languages

Bio

Jim Minick is the author of five books, including Fire Is Your Water, winner of the best novel of the year from Appalachian Writers Association. His memoir, The Blueberry Years, won of the Best Nonfiction Book of the Year from the Southern Independent Booksellers Association. His honors include the Jean Ritchie Fellowship in Appalachian Writing, and the Fred Chappell Fellowship at UNC-Greensboro. His work has appeared in many publications including the New York Times, Poets & Writers, Oxford American, Shenandoah, Orion, The Bark, San Francisco Chronicle, Conversations with Wendell Berry, Appalachian Journal, and The Sun. Currently, he is Assistant Professor at Augusta University and Core Faculty in Converse College’s low-residency MFA program.

Education

  • MFA, Creative Writing University of North Carolina -, 2015

  • MA, English Language and Literatur Radford University, 1991

  • BA, English Language and Literatur Lycoming College, 1986

Awards & Honors

  • Northern Appalachia Novel of the Year Northern Appalachia Writers Assoc, 2019

  • Student Published, Kike Ogun-Semore 2019

  • Student Published, Sage Moore 2019

  • Student Published, Sage Moore 2019

  • Finalist, Library of Virginia's Book of the Year Award Library of Virginia, 2018

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • ENGL 3660

    Intro to Creative NF
  • ENGL 1101

    College Composition I
  • ENGL 2110

    Creative Writing

Teaching Interests

Creative Writing--Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry Appalachian Literature Food and Sustainability

Scholarship

Selected Recent Publications

  • Broken Wing, 2020
    Other
  • Robert Merritt’s View from Blue-Jade Mountain for James Dickey Review, 2019
    Book Review
  • When You Realize the Future, 2019
    Other
  • Writing Community: Celebrating the Highland Summer Conference’s 40th Anniversary, 2019
    Book, Chapter in Non-Scholarly Book-New
  • Fire Is Your Water and Powwowing, 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

Creative Writing--Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry Appalachian Literature Food and Sustainability Sustainable Forestry

Department Service

  • Scholarship and Awards Committee 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Creative Writing Club 2015 - Present

    Role: Faculty Advisor
  • Creative Writing Committee 2015 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Creative Writing 2020

  • Creative Writing 2020

College Service

  • Pamplin Integrated Studies Minor 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Creative Writing - 2018

    Role: Faculty Advisor
  • Arts in the Heart Pamplin Tent - 2016

    Role: Other
  • Dean Clark's SLO meeting - 2015

    Role: Attendee, Meeting
  • PACT Training - 2015

    Role: Attendee, Meeting

University Service

  • Student Activities Fund Committee 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Sand Hills Creative Writing/Mary Lu Kuhl Scholarship 2015 - Present

    Role: Chairperson
  • Creative Writing Club 2015 - Present

    Role: Faculty Advisor
  • Creative Writing C 2019

  • Sand Hills Writers Series 2019

    Role: Program Organizer

Professional Service

  • John Dos Passos Prize for Literature 2019 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Augusta Authors Guild 2016 - Present

    Role: Member
  • Sand Hills Writers Series 2015 - Present

    Role: Director
  • - 2019

  • Author of Cover Quote for Holladay - 2019

    Role: Other

Public Service

  • Augusta-Aiken Audubon Club 2016 - Present

    Role: Attendee, Meeting
  • Volunteer for VA Breeding Bird Atlas 2016 - 2020

  • Augusta Audubon Society 2018

    Role: Committee Member
  • Augusta Audubon Society 2018

    Role: Committee Member
  • Focus Group for VDGIF 2018

    Role: Attendee, Meeting