Gurney Norman, English

Gurney Norman
Associate Professor and Director of the Creative Writing Program
B.A. University of Kentucky

Phone: 257-1154
Office: 1257 Patterson Office Tower

Gurney Norman graduated from the University of Kentucky and attended Stanford University as a Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Fellow.


Areas of Specialty: Imaginative Writing, Fiction, Film

Selected Publications

  • Divine Right's Trip, a novel
  • Kinfolks, a collection of short stories

Anthologies as editor:

  • Confronting Appalachian Stereotypes
  • Backtalk From An American Region
  • An American Vein: Critical Readings of Appalachian Literature.

Norman has written and presented three one-hour documentary films for Kentucky Educational Television:

  • Time On The River
  • From This Valley
  • Wilderness Road. 

Three short films, directed by Andrew Garrison, have been based on three of Professor Norman's short stories:

  • Fat Monroe
  • Night Ride
  • Maxine.

He is an authority on the literary and cultural history of the Appalachian Region. He lectures frequently in the Region and enjoys visiting elementary, middle and high schools to teach writing workshops.

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