Casey Clabough, PhD

Associate Professor of English
English Graduate Director
James Dickey Review Editor


  • 2001-present, Lynchburg College

Dr. Clabough’s nine books to date are available internationally and have earned him numerous awards as well as a special featured career retrospective in the Oxford American. At LC he teaches courses in Creative Prose and American Literature, and also serves as editor of the college’s lone professional journal, the James Dickey Review, which author Pat Conroy proclaims “has become a unique southern literary institution under Clabough’s expert guidance.” An avid outdoorsman, Clabough lives on a farm in Appomattox County, Virginia.

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  • PhD and MA, English
    University of South Carolina
  • BA, English
    The College of William and Mary

Information on Courses Taught


  • American Literature (all periods)
  • African-American Literature
  • Appalachian Literature
  • Creative Nonfiction (Intermediate & Advanced)
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Literature and Culture
  • Literary Theory
  • English Senior Seminar/Capstone Course
  • Southern Literature
  • World Literature


  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Figures in Literature
  • Literary Theory
  • Narrative Prose
  • Principles of Editing
  • Principles of Literary Scholarship
  • Seminar in Fiction
  • Travel Writing
  • Virginia Writers

Professional/Research Interests


Creative Nonfiction




Selected Essays in Periodicals and Books

  • "Where They Lie: Resting Places of Southern Writers in Fact and in Recent Criticism"
    (Sewanee Review 121.3 (Fall 2013: 641-647)
  • "Willed into Being: The Fiction of Mark Powell"
    (Appalachian Heritage 40.1 (Winter 2012): 38-47)
  • "Writing One's Immortality: James Dickey's Reputation as a Southern Writer"
    (Chapter in The Way We Read James Dickey (University of South Carolina Press, 2009): 25-34)
  • "Toward Feminine Mythopoetic Visions: The Poetry of Gayl Jones"
    (African American Review 41.1 (Spring 2007): 99-114); rpt. in Contemporary Literary Criticism, Volume 270 (Thomson/Gale, 2009)
  • "The Imagined South"
    (Sewanee Review 115.2 (Spring 2007): 301-306)
  • "The Truths of William Hoffman's Fiction, New and Old"
    (Shenandoah 57.1 (Spring 2007): 92-100)
  • "'Out of Space, Out of Time': The Virginia Novels of Julian Green"
    (Hollins Critic 43.5 (December 2006): 1-16)
  • "'Toward an All-Inclusive Structure': The Early Fiction of Gayl Jones"
    (Callaloo 29.2 (Spring 2006): 634-657)
  • "George Garrett's South: A Literary Image"
    (Virginia Quarterly Review 82.2 (Spring 2006): 284-296)
  • "Speaking the Grotesque: The Short Fiction of Gayl Jones"
    (Southern Literary Journal 38.2 (Spring 2006): 74-96)
  • "Afrocentric Recolonizations: Gayl Jones's 1990s Fiction"
    (Contemporary Literature 46.2 (Summer 2005): 243-274)
  • "Appropriations of History, Gothicism, and Cthulhu: Fred Chappell's Dagon"
    (Mosaic: A Journal of the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 36.3 (September 2003): 37-54)
  • "Cwmrhydyceirw and the Art of Resistant Otherness: The Everyday Spaces and Consumer Practices of Jim Dixon in Kinglsey Amis's Lucky Jim" (Partial Answers, Special Issue: "Literature and the Ideas of Space" 1.2 (June 2003): 111-123)

Selected Creative Nonfiction in Periodicals and Anthologies

  • “The Witching Women at Road’s End”
    (Fried Chicken and Coffee: Rural, Working Class, and Appalachian Concerns (Winter 2013); rpt. in Appalachian Story: An Anthology, edited by Ashley Parker Owens (KY Story Press, 2013):  67-75)
  • "A Writer's Harvest" (Ray's Road Review (Winter 2013)
  • “Willy Mann’s Uncle’s House” (South 85 (Fall 2012)
  • "Coaches” (South Carolina Review 45.1 (Fall 2012): 155-165)
  • "Satyr" *Winner of the Emma Bell Miles Prize in the Essay (Still 8 (February 2012)
  • "The Skeleton Woman"
    (Creative Nonfiction 42 (Summer 2011): 48-58)
  • "Witches of Virginia"
    (Dark Deeds in History, edited by Dorothy Davies (Pill Hill, 2011))
  • "The Men Beyond the Fields"
    (Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine (2011))
  • "Home Court Advantage"
    (Stymie: A Journal of Sport and Literature 3.1 (Spring/Summer 2010): 46-63)
  • "Auswanderung"
    (ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 15.2 (Summer 2008): 211-228)
  • "How Many Leaves Has the River Borne Away?"
    (Rhizomes, Special Issue: Drifts and Drifting 13 (Fall 2006)

Selected Fiction in Periodicals and Anthologies

Editorial Work



  • Bangladesh International Literary Award
  • Emma Bell Miles Award in the Essay
  • International Artist's Fellow, Brazil
  • Fellowship, Institute for Southern Studies, University of South Carolina
  • Fellowship, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
  • Fellowship, Harrison Institute, University of Virginia
  • Fellowship, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (Mednick)

Additional Information

Author Website

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