Department of English
Middle Tennessee State University
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Main Office: Peck Hall 302
Department Chair: Dr. Tom Strawman
Telephone: (615) 898-5644
Fax: (615) 898-5098
Office: KOM 155; Phone/Voice Mail: 904-8155
A member of the faculty since 1997, Dr. Mackin earned the M.A. at Austin Peay State University and his D.A. at MTSU. He teaches courses in general studies English, contemporary Southern literature, and since Spring 2009, a Special Topics in Writing course (English 4670) titled the "Tennessee Literary Project." Students research the lives of Tennessee writers, compose biographies and bibliographies, and conduct interviews with the state's authors. The student work is available online at www.mtsu.edu/tnlitproj.
A professional journalist since 1982, he still serves as editor of the Buffalo River Review, a weekly newspaper in Linden, Tennessee. In that capacity he is a four time recipient of the Meeman Foundation/UT Press Institute Award for editorial writing, a two time recipient of the Tennessee School Board Association award for education writing, and received a National Newspaper Association award for editorials.
Dr. Mackin serves on the editorial board of Chapter 16 (www.chapter16.org), the online publication of Humanities Tennessee, and as editor of the Tennessee Writers Alliance online literary journal, Maypop (http://tn-writers.org/publications/maypop).