Two MC faculty members win awards for creative writing

Two MC faculty members win awards for creative writing

Nov. 27, 2017

Christina Seymour and Kim Trevathan, faculty members in Maryville College’s Division of Languages and Literature, recently have won awards for creative writing.

“These prizes show that publishers recognize the good work that Christina and Kim do,” said Will Phillips, chair of the Division of Languages and Literature at Maryville College. “I’m thrilled that our students get to work with people who are equally committed to their art, their profession and their teaching.” 

Seymour receives poetry award

Seymour, lecturer in English, received the 2017 Lyrebird Award for her poetry manuscript, “When is a Burning Tree.” In addition to a cash prize, her manuscript will be published by the Glass Lyre Press, an independent literary press interested in publishing poetry collections, chapbooks, select short and flash fiction, and the occasional anthology.

The Glass Lyre Press “invites high quality manuscripts that reflect mature and seasoned writing with masterful imagery, lyricism, and emotional resonance. We are attracted to eloquent and clever writing which also fires the imagination, and most importantly, the rare talent for shining a light on the human condition,” according to the submission guidelines.

Seymour has taught creative writing, professional writing, literature and composition at Maryville College since 2014. Her chapbook, Flowers Around Your Soft Throat, was published in 2016 by Structo. Her poetry has been published in North American Review; Cimarron Review; The Briar Cliff Review; New Haven Review; The Moth; Wick Poetry Center's international exhibit, Speak Peace—American Voices Respond to Vietnamese Children’s Paintings, which is now located in the War Remnants Museum in Vietnam; and elsewhere.

Seymour has received the Russell MacDonald Creative Writing Award and has been nominated for Best New Poets, the AWP Intro Award, Iron Horse Discovered Voices Award and the Pushcart Prize.

Seymour earned a bachelor of arts degree in English with a concentration in creative writing from Pennsylvania State University. She received a master of fine arts degree in creative writing with a concentration in poetry from West Virginia University.

Samples of Seymour’s work are available on her website:

Trevathan wins prize for flash fiction

Trevathan, associate professor of writing/communication, won Gemini Magazine’s first place prize for flash fiction for his story “Neptune Society.” In addition to a cash prize, Trevathan’s story will be published in the online magazine.

Gemini Magazine, a literary magazine, holds three annual contests that include entries for flash fiction, short stories and poetry from writers around the world.

Trevathan, who joined the Maryville College faculty in 2001, holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville, master’s degrees from the University of Illinois and the University of Wyoming, and an MFA from the University of Alabama. He writes and teaches fiction, creative nonfiction, nature writing and journalism. He has published three books through the University of Tennessee Press, including Paddling the Tennessee River: A Voyage on Easy Water (2001),  Coldhearted River: A Canoe Odyssey Down the Cumberland (2006) and Liminal Zones: Where Lakes End and Rivers Begin (2013).

Trevathan received a grant through the Appalachian College Association’s Faculty Fellowship program to spend spring 2018 researching and executing a 652-mile kayak trip up the Tennessee River from Paducah, Ky., to Knoxville, Tenn. The journey will be the basis of his fourth book of nonfiction.

Samples of Trevathan’s work are available on his website:

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2018 semester is 1,154.