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University of the Cumberlands Faculty Member Publishes Poem in Shenandoah

"Slow Dance," a poem by faculty member Marianne Worthington at University of the Cumberlands, has been published in the Spring/Summer 2005 issue of Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review.

Worthington's poem is about the triumphs and downfalls her father has physically experienced after enduring a life-altering stroke at 16. "My father lived on a farm and he could not get proper medical care or physical rehab," says Worthington, "he cannot walk today without the aid of a walker or another person." Worthington says 'Slow Dance' is one poem among a series she has written about her father's "triumph and eventual losing battle with physical obstacles."

Although Worthington has experienced remarkable success in writing, she reports that was not always the case, "I certainly did not know that I wanted to be a writer by an early age. I always thought I would be a musician." After working as a secretary for nearly a decade, Worthington enrolled in college and began studying writing. "I studied writing in college, but did not start writing seriously, or dare to call myself 'a writer' until I was in my 30's."

A native of Knoxville, Worthington now lives in Williamsburg, Ky, and teaches in the Communications Department at UC. Her work has appeared in The Louisville Review, Kaleidoscope, and Appalachian Heritage and in several anthologies, including A Kentucky Christmas (Kentucky, 2003). She is the former book review editor for Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine and recently served as program chair for the Appalachian Writers Association.

Edited by R. T. Smith, Shenandoah has published award-winning fiction, poetry, essays and interviews since 1950. Work published in the magazine is most often included in The Best American Short Stories, Prize Stories: the O. Henry Awards, The Best American Essays, the Best American Poetry, New Stories from the South and The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses annual anthologies. Copies of Shenandoah 55/1 may be purchased for $10 from you local bookseller or ordered directly from Shenandoah, Mattingly House, 2 Lee Ave., Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA 24450-0303.