Sevierville’s 2018 Rose Glen Literary Festival will offer a venue for some of East Tennessee’s best local writers to sell and sign books while also featuring new and innovative programming from prize-winning regional authors. The festival will take place Saturday February 24, 2018, between 9 am and 3 pm at the Sevierville Convention Center, 202 Gists Creek Road in Sevierville.

The luncheon keynote speaker is Wiley Cash. Wiley Cash holds a B.A. in Literature from the University of North Carolina-Asheville, an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He has received grants and fellowships from the Asheville Area Arts Council, the Thomas Wolfe Society, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. His stories have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Roanoke Review and The Carolina Quarterly, and his essays on Southern literature have appeared in American Literary Realism, The South Carolina Review, and other publications.

Wiley Cash is writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and teaches in the Low-Residency MFA Program in Fiction and Nonfiction Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. A native of North Carolina, he lives in Wilmington, NC with his wife and their two young daughters.

Additional authors, panelists, and presenters are planned for 2018. Authors will be available to meet the public and sign copies of their works throughout the event.

All activities are free to the public except for the luncheon, which is $20 per person. For luncheon reservations contact the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce at 865-453-6411 or email at cmcmahan@scoc.org. Organizers also encourage local writers interested in participating in the event to contact the office as well.