MC’s Trevathan inducted into East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame

MC’s Trevathan inducted into East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame

Sept. 26, 2019

Kim Trevathan, associate professor of writing communication at Maryville College, was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame on Sept. 20, during an awards gala in Knoxville.

Trevathan, who was honored for his nonfiction writing, has written three books about waterways: Paddling the Tennessee River: A Voyage on Easy Water, Coldhearted River: A Canoe Odyssey down the Cumberland and Liminal Zones: Where the Lakes End and Rivers Begin. All three were published by the University of Tennessee Press.

Trevathan’s outdoor columns have appeared in The Daily Times (Maryville), Metro Pulse and the Knoxville Mercury. He has published fiction and essays in the Florida Review, Texas Review, New Millennium Writing, Distillery, New Delta Review and other literary journals. He won the Gemini Magazine prize for flash fiction in 2017 for his short story, “Neptune Society.”

In 2018, the 20-year anniversary of his canoe trip down the Tennessee River, Trevathan paddled the length of the Tennessee River – 652 miles, going upstream. His companion on the 58-day trip was Maggie, a 10-month-old puppy. He is at work on a book about this trip, tentatively titled Against the Current: Paddling the Wrong Way up the Tennessee.

The East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame was established in 2004 by Friends of Literacy, a nonprofit whose mission is to improve adult literacy and education in East Tennessee to “honor the contributions of local and regional writers to our culture and history.”

Hall of Fame categories include lifetime achievement, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, social media, playwriting, songwriting, children's literature, and the jurors' award for outstanding contribution to East Tennessee culture and literacy. Nominations are accepted each year, and an independent panel of judges evaluates nominees based on recognition within the writer’s field, longevity, quality and volume of work. All nominees must have been born in, currently reside in, or have a body of work related to the East Tennessee region.

Trevathan is among 16 prominent writers who were inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame for 2019. Other inductees include: Dolly Parton (Outstanding Contribution to East Tennessee Culture and Literacy), Michael Lofaro (Lifetime Achievement), Elizabeth Genovise (Fiction), Rhea Carmon (Poetry), Paul Harrill (Screenwriting), Dolly Parton Jamie Satterfield (Journalism), Alan Sherrod (Social Media), Karen E. Reynolds (Songwriting) and Rick Yancey (Young Adult Literature). Six East Tennessee writers were inducted posthumously: Kim Williams (Songwriting), Rikki Hall (Journalism), Anne Wetzell Armstrong (Fiction), Sarah Booth Conroy (Nonfiction), Bert Vincent (Nonfiction) and George Washington Harris (Lifetime Achievement). 

“It was an honor to be included among this group of writers for such a worthy cause as Friends of Literacy,” Trevathan said. “Recognition like this gives writers affirmation and assurance that somebody out there is reading what we write.”

Don Williams, award-winning columnist, short story writer and founding editor of the literary journal New Millenium Writings, presented the award to Trevathan during the Sept. 20 gala.

“You’re a poet, an adventurer, and I’m jealous of all your adventures,” Williams said.


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