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Meet the Faculty

Laura Hope-Gill

Assistant Professor of Writing
Asheville Campus

Laura Hope-Gill serves as an Assistant Professor of Writing and Director of The Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative. The Center is located at Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Asheville campus – The Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville.

Laura holds an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers and is an NC Arts Fellow for Creative Nonfiction. She has published two books of architectural history and one collection of poetry, The Soul Tree, which earned her the title of first poet laureate of the Blue Ridge Parkway. In 2012, she accepted the challenge and honor of developing the graduate writing program at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Naming the program for her favorite author, Thomas Wolfe, Laura was drawing on her years of research into Asheville civic and cultural history and recognition of how deeply Wolfe’s voice still resonates with contemporary conversation around town. She also serves as president of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Advisory Board and is a board member of the Thomas Wolfe Society.