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Jolie Lewis’s career path has taken her from reporting on crime in Alaska to developing ’zine classes for a summer camp in rural southwestern Virginia, from working in an insurance office to helping single parents transition back into the workforce. Her fiction has appeared in The Hopkins Review and Shenandoah, and a story published in Tin House was honored with a Pushcart Prize special mention. In 2008 she won a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, given to six emerging women writers annually. She was a Susannah McCorkle Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the recipient of a professional development grant from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. Lewis received her Master of Fine Arts Degree at The Ohio State University, where she also served as instructor. When not writing, she teaches adult basic education and serves on the board of directors for the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation and for High Rocks Educational Corporation, a nonprofit empowerment program for high school girls. She lives in southwestern Virginia with her husband, two young children and one old dog, and is currently working on a novel entitled “Farewell Avenue.”

Elizabeth Grammer, Director
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