Dorothy Allison was born in Greenville, South Carolina, and makes her home in Northern California. Her first novel, Bastard Out of Carolina, was a finalist for the National Book Award and became an award-winning movie. Allison’s second novel, Cavedweller, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, won the Lambda Literary Award for Fiction and was a finalist for the Lillian Smith Prize. It was also adapted for the stage and screen. She is currently working on another novel, She Who.

Speaking Schedule

Friday, April 15
1:30 - 2:30 PM
Panel Discussion: Discoveries Writers Make While Writing

7:00 PM
Keynote Address

Saturday, April 16
Presentation of the Spoken Word Award to Minton Sparks


Grant Support Provided By

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust - Chazen Family Foundation - The Kennedy Foundation - Lyndhurst Foundation - Public Education Foundation - Tennessee Arts Commisson - UC Foundation

Media Sponsors

Brewer Media - Chattarati - WDEF News 12 - WUTC 88.1

Program Partners

Anonymous Gift - Baylor School - Medium - Olan & Norma Mills II

Book Patrons

L. Hardwick & Kitty Caldwell - Memorial Healthcare System - The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the UTC Department of English - Wild Hare Books

AEC is a funded member of Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga.

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