Honoring the late newspaperwoman and writer Rachel Rivers-Coffey, the Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professorship in Creative Writing annually sponsors the residency of a writer of national prominence at Appalachian State University. This position rotates among various distinguished authors of all creative genres; distinguished professors teach a creative writing seminar, conduct community outreach and other off-campus activities, and are featured annually in the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series. The Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professor for Fall 2020 is novelist Jacinda Townsend.
"Professor Jacinda Townsend presents a reading from her forthcoming novel, KIF, and a craft talk on "The Unreal" in fiction."
Past Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professors:
Kathryn Stripling Byer
George Ella Lyon
Heather Ross Miller
Nancy Huddleston Packer
Kaya Rae Whitaker