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Elizabeth Elkin Grammer, Director (Academic Year)
Elizabeth Grammer, an Assistant Professor of English at the University of the South, founded the Young Writers’ Conference in 1993 and was its full-time director until 2010. Now she directs the program during the academic year and turns it over to co-director Amy Arthur in June and July. A graduate of Davidson College, she holds the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Virginia. She is the author of a critically acclaimed scholarly book, Some Wild Visions: Autobiographies by Female Itinerant Evangelists in Nineteenth-Century America (Oxford University Press, 2003). Her essays and reviews have appeared in the Arizona Quarterly, The Journal of Southern History, American Historical Review, and The Oxford Companion to African American Literature. She is married to John M. Grammer, a professor of English and Director of the Sewanee School of Letters and is the mother of three children.
Amy Arthur, Director (Summer)

Amy Arthur, born and raised in Mandeville, Louisiana, is a former Sewanee Young Writer and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of the South, where she earned Honors in English and won both the Guerry Prize for Excellence in English and the Tennessee Williams Award for Creative Writing. She earned her M.F.A. from the Writing Seminars of Johns Hopkins University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Birmingham Poetry ReviewThe Iron Horse Literary ReviewBlackbird JournalMeasure, and elsewhere. In college Arthur worked in the Young Writers’ Conference office and on its dorm staff. Upon graduating she served as Conference Coordinator, working closely with the director and supervising the dorm staff, living with them and the students in the Benedict Hall. When she’s not in Sewanee, she lives in Baltimore, where she teaches at Goucher College.

Robie Jackson, Coordinator

Robie Jackson is a veteran educator with twenty-three years of classroom experience teaching students who ranged in age from five to eighteen. She studied theatre and dance at UT-Knoxville and received her B.S. in education from Belmont College where she received the Outstanding Education Graduate Award. Formerly the Performing Arts Department Chair for the University School of Nashville, she moved to Sewanee six years ago. She is the performing arts coordinator for St. Andrews-Sewanee School (S.A.S.), where she teaches theatre and directs shows, and, for five years, served as a dorm parent. In 2010, Jackson was named Theatre Teacher of the Year, by the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts. In 2013, she was honored by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Along with her husband and co-director, she took a group of high school actors to Scotland to perform at the largest and most prestigious theatre festival in the world. Having received her M.F.A. (in creative nonfiction) from the Sewanee School of Letters in 2015, Jackson is currently completing her first book entitled “Talk About It Mama.”

Elizabeth Grammer, Director
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