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Elizabeth Gentry

Elizabeth Gentry

Elizabeth Gentry

Distinguished Lecturer

2340 Dunford Hall


Elizabeth Gentry has been teaching introductory writing and literature courses at The University of Tennessee at Knoxville for over 20 years. Her novel Housebound was awarded the 2012 Madeleine Plonsker Emerging Writer Award judged by novelist and fairy tale advocate Kate Bernheimer, and was a finalist for the 2014 Binghamton University John Gardner Fiction Award. Short work has appeared in So to SpeakConfrontationThe Collagist, and Third Coast. Originally from Asheville, NC, she has spent most of her life in Southern Appalachia.


  • M.F.A., The University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • M.A., The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • B.A., Wheaton College

Regularly Taught Courses

  • English/Africana Studies 233- Major Black Authors
  • English 253- Introduction to Fiction
  • English 254- Themes in Literature
  • English 298- Honors Writing and Research