Darnell Arnoult is prize-winning author of Galaxie Wagon: Poems and What Travels With Us: Poems (LSU Press) and the novel Sufficient Grace (Free Press/Simon & Schuster, Inc.). Her shorter works have appeared in a variety of journals, including Appalachian Heritage, Asheville Poetry Review, Nantahala Review, Now and Then, Sandhills Review, Southern Cultures, Southern Exposure, and Southwest Review.
As Writer-in- Residence at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, Darnell teaches creative writing and is co-director of the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival , the Appalachian Young Writers Workshop, and is co-executive editor of the national online publication drafthorse: a literary journal of work and no work.
Darnell holds a BA in American Studies with a concentration in Southern Folklore from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the MA in English and Creative Writing from North Carolina State University, and the MFA in Creative Writing from University of Memphis. She is a regular faculty member of Table Rock Writers Workshop, John C. Campbell Folk School, Learning Events, and holds workshops in novel and memoir writing near her home in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, a beautiful landscape where Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia come together in Cumberland Gap National Historic Park.
She has received the Weatherford Award for Appalachian Literature, SIBA Poetry Book of the Year Award, Mary Frances Hobson Medal for Arts and Letters, and in 2007 was named Tennessee Writer of the Year by the Tennessee Writers Alliance.