Dr. Randy Mackin

Lecturer

Dr. Randy Mackin
615-904-8155
Room 155, Kirksey Old Main (KOM)
MTSU Box 70, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Departments/Programs

Degree Information

  • D.A., Middle Tennessee State University (2002)
  • M.A., Austin Peay State University (1988)
  • B.S., Austin Peay State University (1980)

Biography

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.mt...

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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).

 

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Publications

  • Mackin, Randy. George Scarbrough, Appalachian Poet: A Biographical and Literary Study with Unpublished Writings. McFarland & Company, 2011. 
  • George Scarbrough biographical entry. Southern Writers: A New Biographical Dictionary. Ed. Joseph M. Flora and Amber Vogel. LSU Press, 2006. 
  • "By Way of the Word." Iron Mountain Review 16 (Spring 2000): 14-19.

Presentations

"The Novel: Scarbrough's Prose Voice," Appalachian Studies Conference, Eastern Kentucky University, March 11-13, 2011.

"By Way of the Word." George Scarbrough Literary Festival, Emory and Henry College, Emory, Virginia, October 21-22, 1999.