Lincoln Memorial University has a strong literary history. Appalachian authors James Still, Jesse Stewart, George Scarbrough, and Don West were graduates of LMU, and Emma Bell Miles came here late in her life as resident writer and artist. More recently, Silas House (2005-2010) and Darnell Arnoult (2010-present) have been LMU writer-in-residence. House established the Appalachian Reading Series during his tenure, and, along with LMU graduate Denton Loving, founded the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival. The festival and reading series continue, now in their 11th year. Arnoult built on House's work by establishing the Cumberland Gap Writers Studio, the Appalchian Young Writers Workshop, and, with Denton Loving, established drafthorse: a literary journal of work and no work, a respected national online literary journal. In fall 2016, LMU will begin a BFA in creative writing and will work with ETSU to support the Appalachian Writers Association and the Appalachian Book of the Year Award. Through Arts in the Gap, LMU continues to support generation after generation of writers from or nurtured by the Applachian region through the festival, the studio, and residential workshops in a variet of genres.