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Pinckney Benedict

Pinckney Benedict, Director and Founder of the Digital Humanities Lab

Pinckney Benedict grew up on his family’s dairy farm in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. He studied English and creative writing at Princeton University as an undergraduate and received his MFA in Creative Writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has published a novel (Dogs of God) and three collections of short fiction, the most recent of which is Miracle Boy and Other Stories. His work has been published in, among other magazines and anthologies, Esquire, Zoetrope: All-Story, Tin House, the O. Henry Award series (twice), the Pushcart Prize series (three times), the Best New Stories from the South series (four times), Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days, The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction, and The Oxford Book of the American Short Story (both the 1992 edition and the twentieth-anniversary edition). He wrote the screenplay for the feature film Four Days, which stars William Forsythe, Lolita Davidovich, Colm Meaney, and Kevin Zegers. He also wrote the lyrics and libretto for A:The Scarlet Letter, a musical adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel,  the concert version of which premiered in October 2016 at Fort Myer, Virginia. Benedict is the recipient of, among other awards and honors, a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fiction grant from the Illinois Arts Council, two Plattner Awards for fiction from Appalachian Heritage magazine, a Literary Fellowship from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, and the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award. He has taught on the creative writing faculties of, among others, Oberlin College, The Ohio State University, West Virginia University, Warren Wilson College, Princeton University, Davidson College, and Hollins University. He has taught on the faculties of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Aspen Writers’ Foundation’s Summer Words Writing Retreat & Literary Festival. He teaches each summer at the Tinker Mountain Writers’ Workshop at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, a conference he co-founded with the writer Fred Leebron in 2004.

DHL Staff

Matthew Gordon, Graduate Director

Dajonea Robinson, Graduate Researcher

Andrew (Prime) Primous, Graduate Researcher

Renee Davis, Undergraduate Researcher

Tyler Wilkinson, Undergraduate Researcher