On October 1, 2019, a selection of Professor Virginia Craighill's essay "The Lost Cause" will be published in 2019 Best American Sports Writing Anthology.
Craighill's essay was published in January 2019 in Sport Literate, "a literary journal focusing on “honest reflections on life’s leisurely diversions." In the piece she recounts a family trip to the 2018 College Football National Championship game between Georgia and Alabama. The narrator navigates between the physical reality of a packed stadium, the rising and falling emotions of her family members, and the red politics overshadowing the game which was attended by President Trump.
A selection of Craighill's essay has been chosen to appear in the latest 2019 Best American Sports Writing, which "reflects not just the interests of guest-editor Pierce…. but also, more pointedly, the social issues that have pushed their way into so many facets of American life…As ever, a must for the sports collection."
A full review of the forthcoming collection can be seen here.
Professor Virginia Craighill received her Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Georgia. She has been teaching English at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee since 2001, and lives in Sewanee. She has commentary on the letters of Tennessee Williams in the Winter 2018 issue of The Sewanee Review and has a chapter on Eudora Welty in the upcoming volume Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty. Her poems have been published in Gulf Coast, The Chattahoochee Review, and Kalliope, among others. More information on her life and work can be found here.